Polish heavy metal band frontman to be tried for desecrating a Bible

Polish heavy metal band frontman to be tried for desecrating a Bible March 10, 2010

ADAM “Nergal” Darski, frontman for Poland’s extreme heavy metal band Behemoth, has been formally charged for destroying a copy of the Bible over two years ago.
According to this report, while it is a crime in Poland to destroy any religious iconography, there must be at least two formal complaints before a charge is laid. The first charge was made in 2008 – and recently an undisclosed number of additional complaints were lodged against Darski.

Nergal with the Best Underground Band trophy clinched by Behemoth at the Metal Hammer Gods Awards 2009 in London. (AP Photo/James McCauley)
At the first hearing, under cross -examination, Darski said what he does on stage is part of artistic license and it wasn’t intended to offend religious feelings. This was countered by an expert on religious history and studies from Jagellonian University in Krakow, who stated that every copy of a Bible could be considered a religious icon.
Following this second wave of complaints, the case will now go to court, and if found guilty, Darski could face a full two years in prison.
Last month it was reported that the national conservative Polish political party Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc (PiS), was orchestrating efforts to prosecute Darski for offending people’s religious beliefs.
The alleged offence happened in September 2007, when Darski reportedly called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet” during a Behemoth performance in Gdynia, and tore up a copy of a bible onstage.

Behemoth bassist Tomasz “Orion” Wroblewski, said:
The incident was by no means a spontaneous outburst, we’d been doing that for two years on tour before it happened in Poland.
He added:

A Behemoth show is a Behemoth show, so the fans are aware of what to expect.

Hat tip: ZombieHunter


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