Poland: Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings

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Poland:

Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings

Vocalist and guitarist Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski of the Polish heavy metal band Behemoth was formally charged on 8 March 2010 for insulting Roman Catholics. If found guilty, Darski faces up to two years in prison.

Adam Darski made headlines in Poland in September 2007 when he reportedly called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet” during a Behemoth concert in Gdynia where he tore up a copy of the Bible on stage.

After the incident, Ryszard Nowak, head of the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects sued Adam Darski for promoting Satanism.

Quoting the Polish websites Interia.pl and GazetaPrawna.pl, Roadrunner Records writes:

“Although a court expert witness on religious matters said that the act of destroying the Holy Bible could offend somebody’s religious feelings (a criminal offense under Polish law), the case was discontinued because no one except Nowak accused Behemoth of insulting their religious beliefs.
(Under Polish law, there must be at least two formal complaints before a charge is laid. The previous complaint was made in 2008, and recently an unspecified number of other complaints had been filed.)

Nergal is pleading not guilty to the charge.

According to Metal As Fuck, in the first hearing, under cross examination, Darski stated what he does on stage is part of artistic license and it wasn’t supposed to offend religious feelings. However, an expert on religious history and studies from Jagellonian University in Krakow stated that every copy of a bible could be considered a religious icon.

There was no judgment ruled against Darski in the first hearing, but now that a second complaint has been filed, the matter will be heard by the courts.”



Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski



Poland


Source

Roadrunner Records – 9 March 2010:

‘BEHEMOTH Frontman Formally Charged For Bible Destruction’

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