Polish heavy metal singer Adam Darski, AKA Nergal, could face two years in prison for tearing a bible on stage.
Nergal, singer with Behemoth, performed the stunt in 2007, before descrbing the Catholic church as “”the most murderous cult on the planet”. A court found has found that the act could be in violation of polish law as it “offended religious feelings”. Prosecutors may now pursue a criminal case.
In 2009, Polish pop singer Doda was fined after she said the Bible “was written by someone drunk on wine and smoking some herbs”.
Don’t miss the summer issue of Index on Censorship magazine. As Europe prepares for the 25th anniversary of the wall’s demolition in November, Index on Censorship looks at how the continent has changed. Author Irena Maryniak explores the idea of a new divide that has formed further east. Writers include Polish journalist Konstanty Gebert, German crime writer Regula Venske and Helen Womack from Moscow. We also hear from Generation Wall – the young people who have grown up in a free eastern Europe.