The Associated Press is reporting that Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski has been found not guilty of offending religious feelings in connection with a September 2007 incident, during which he reportedly called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet” during a performance in Gdynia.
Nergal then tore up a copy of the Bible on stage, referring to it as a “book of lies.”
The AP says a Polish judge ruled early Thursday (August 18) that Darski’s ripping up of a Bible during a show was a form of artistic expression, consistent with the metal music he plays.
Judge Krzysztof Wieckowski added that the court had no intention of limiting freedom of expression or the right to criticize religion.
The court said audience members who testified said their religious feelings had not been hurt despite the fact they were Christians.
I love that Nergal almost was convicted of “hurting feelings.” That’s hilarious. I should be charged with that every fucking day.
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