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Old 06-28-2010, 05:29 PM
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Nergal isn't going to prison!

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The District Court in Gdynia, Poland has dismissed charges against vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH in connection with a September 2007 incident when he reportedly called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" during a BEHEMOTH performance in Gdynia and tore up a copy of the Bible onstage (see video below).

Darski was formally charged on March 8 for insulting Roman Catholics (offending somebody's religious feelings is a criminal offense under Polish law). He would have faced 2 years in prison had he been found guilty of the charges.

According to a posting on BEHEMOTH's MySpace page, "During the preparatory proceedings, the defender filed the application which was entirely accepted by the Court. The defendant's behavior wasn't recognized as a crime. Moreover, the Court acknowledged no causal connection/cause-and-effect relationship between Adam Darski's behavior and the consequence in a form of outrage of religious emotions."

After the September 2007 incident, Ryszard Nowak, head of the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects sued BEHEMOTH for promoting Satanism. Although a court expert witness on religious matters said that the act of destroying the Holy Bible could offend somebody's religious feelings, 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.)

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.

In a 2009 interview with Decibel magazine, BEHEMOTH bassist Tomasz "Orion" Wrˇblewski explained that the Bible-tearing incident was by no means a spontaneous outburst. "We'd been doing that for two years on tour before it happened in Poland," he said. "So, we had discussed it many times before. A BEHEMOTH show is a BEHEMOTH show, and BEHEMOTH fans are coming to a BEHEMOTH show. BEHEMOTH fans know what BEHEMOTH is about, know what the lyrics are about, and know at least a little of the philosophy behind the band. So, it's kind of surprising that there are people coming to the shows and feeling offended with what we do onstage. If such a person comes to a show, he comes with the purpose of being offended, I guess, and it shouldn't be like that. We're not offending any particular person. We're just offending the religion that we've been raised in."
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:35 PM
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Oh Poles. You so wacky.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:37 PM
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:47 PM
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I maynot like behemoth but its a good thing nergal isnt going to prison. Last time I checked insulting someones belife does not make you a criminal.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:00 PM
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I maynot like behemoth but its a good thing nergal isnt going to prison. Last time I checked insulting someones belife does not make you a criminal.
did you know america makes laws for the world?
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:01 PM
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Behemoth will be ok....Just remember not to rip up any more bibles in Poland ok guy? Save it for Canada!
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:07 PM
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did you know america makes laws for the world?
Freedom of speech goes for everyone in the world not just everyone in america. Nergal can say what he wants even if others dont like it.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:11 PM
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Freedom of speech goes for everyone in the world not just everyone in america. Nergal can say what he wants even if others dont like it.
No....it does not.


This is great news. I fucking hate Poland, now my hatred has subsided, just a little bit.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:13 PM
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No....it does not.

true. but it should though.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:14 PM
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No....it does not.

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