Even though he was acquitted of all charges by a judge in 2011 for a similar case, Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski is once again facing jail time for anti-Catholic statements made during a 2007 concert in Poland, including calling the Catholic Church, “the most murderous cult on the planet”. He is also being accused of tearing apart a Bible, calling it “a book of lies”. If found guilty, Darski faces up to two years in prison. The Polish Supreme Court is labeling this a “blasphemy verdict”, according to Reuters.
Conservative former member of the Polish Parliament and lobbyist for Darski’s conviction, Ryszard Nowak exults, “The Supreme Court said clearly that there are limits for artists which cannot be crossed.”
Darski’s lawyer, Jacek Potulski, states “[The decision] is negative and restricts the freedom of speech. The court decided that this is allowed in a democratic system.” However, the legal team has not given up, saying, “We are still arguing that we were dealing with art, which allows more critical and radical statements.”
Below is video footage of the incident in question.