“The most murderous cult on the planet”

Posted: 30. okt. 2012 in Life, Music, Society
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Adam “Nergal” Darski

That’s what Behemoth’s frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski called the Catholic church during the bands September 2007 performance in Gdynia and tore up a copy of the Bible, calling it “a book of lies.” And for that he and the band was sued for hurting religious views and promoting satanism.

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 (the person who sued them) 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.)

Back in August 2011, a Polish judge ruled that Darski‘s ripping up of a Bible during a show was a form of artistic expression consistent with the style of his band.

But after the October 29th hearing Poland’s Supreme Court has ruled that Adam “Nergal” Darski committed a crime when he called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet”. A lower court will now decide if Darski is guilty of the crime, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail. Jacek Potulski, Darskis lawyer, said that “[The decision] is negative and restricts the freedom of speech. The court decided that this is allowed in a democratic system,”.

And I agree with him. I have seen Behemoth perform live and I have seen Behemoth tear apart a copy of the bible. And no one was offended by that in the show. It is only a part of the show. That’s my first argument. Artists will always have artistic ideas how the present their music on the stage. I might as well say that I am offended that Lady Gaga is wearing a meat dress and just sue her. And when it comes to saying that Catholic Church is the most murderous cult on the planet. Well, everyone has a right to an opinion.  Catholic Church has an opinion that most metalheads are Satanists and that heavy metal should not be listened at all. Should I sue them for having an opinion? And when thinking about the church being a murderous cult. If we look at the matter without any emotions at all and look just the statistics, then we can see that most people in the world have died because of religion. From ancient times to medieval times to modern world the church has been responsible for the killing of thousands and thousands of people. But then again maybe it’s just my opinion. And if I’d live in Poland I shouldn’t have an opinion like that because for having such an opinion I could go to jail for two years. And that is not freedom of speech. And that’s why I strongly support Adam “Nergal” Darski no matter what.

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