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By Padraig Reidy / 31 October, 2012
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”.Behemoth | blasphemy | heavy metal | poland
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