Adam “Nergal” Darski, singer for Polish metal band Behemoth, is once again in court on blasphemy-related charges. Nergal was acquitted of similar charges back in 2011. This time, the charges are stemming from an incident five years ago, when he ripped up a Bible on stage and called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet.” Via Bloody Disgusting:
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.”
Hopefully the court does the right thing and cuts him loose. Black metal may be kind of silly, but it shouldn’t be illegal. Here’s video of the incident.