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Behemoth - Frontman Formally Charged For Bible Destruction


According to Interia.pl and GazetaPrawna.pl, vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Behemoth was formally charged on Monday (March 8) for insulting Roman Catholics.

As reported by Blabbermouth, Darski made headlines in his native country in September 2007 when he reportedly called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" during a Behemoth performance in Gdynia and tore up a copy of the Bible onstage (see video footage here).

After the incident, Ryszard Nowak, head of the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects sued Behemoth for promoting Satanism. Although a court expert witness on religious matters said that the act of destroying the Holy Bible could offend somebody's religious feelings (a criminal offense under Polish law), the case was discontinued because no one except Nowak 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.)

Nergal is pleading not guilty to the charge.

According to Metal As Fuck, in the first hearing, under cross examination, Darski stated what he does on stage is part of artistic license and it wasn't supposed to offend religious feelings. However, an expert on religious history and studies from Jagellonian University in Krakow stated that every copy of a bible could be considered a religious icon.

There was no judgment ruled against Darski in the first hearing, but now that a second complaint has been filed, the matter will be heard by the courts.

IF(!) found guilty, Darski faces up to 2 years in prison.

Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Behemoth
Posted: 09.03.2010 by Thryce


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17.03.2010 - 12:54
Roro

Written by Deigrinder on 12.03.2010 at 07:32

Nergal SHoULD BURN ALL biblE and Quran....
N i don't understand why iss he charged for.....he just destroyed the (UN)Holy Bible...IF ppl can w(H)or(e)ship god...then why cant anyone destroy IT?
IS destroying bible that bad??n why is it a crime???



being non-religious doesnt mean NON RESPECTING all the religions.
i think this topic drift way.
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18.03.2010 - 12:47
Storm Rider

I think this forum could be a good solution for both side. We can not blame each other, right. When we realise that we're living in this world, we will find like & dislike, try to accept it
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19.03.2010 - 15:23
Deigrinder

Written by Storm Rider on 18.03.2010 at 12:47

I think this forum could be a good solution for both side. We can not blame each other, right. When we realise that we're living in this world, we will find like & dislike, try to accept it


You say we should try to accept our likings and dis-likings.Then Nergel should not be punished because they(All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects) must try to accept it.
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21.03.2010 - 09:31
Storm Rider

The answer is "Yes". Nargel do not deserve to punish, why? about holy Bible, human can not became a judge, only God who deserve judgement. I give you the clue & question back, John Pope II & Mother Teresa was a famous leader for Catholic people in the world. What did they teach to all Catholic Church, love (of course with forgivenes) or judgement ? if you can't find the answer, better you ask your Catholic friend if you have
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25.03.2010 - 09:18
Doc G.
Full Grown Hoser
Written by Guest on 09.03.2010 at 19:33

Hell get off with nothing, they always do, and yes, the catholics church is a murderous cult, God would be ashamed of what theyve become

Yeah! I mean, Red Cross was primarily based on the beliefs of a murderous cult! Fuck that cult! Yeah! *insert more uneducated, extremist, 16-year-old-trying-to-look-badass blather here.*

For chrissakes, a couple Christians take things a little out of hand and suddenly it's a murderous cult. Stupid shit has been done in the name of all religions, and visa versa, take a look at Stalin, he was an atheist, does that make atheism a dangerous mindset?

Basically what I'm saying here is the counter action should not be against the religion itself but the powers pushing these types of actions, which is what I believe Nargal's goal is here. My retort is basically in response to 3 pages flush full of the same "fuck Christianity" BS you can read on pretty much every metal website. There's still a lot of good being done in the world because of Christianity, it's just more hip to ignore the good and focus on the bad.
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25.03.2010 - 14:54
soadbyob
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Written by Doc G. on 25.03.2010 at 09:18

Written by Guest on 09.03.2010 at 19:33

Hell get off with nothing, they always do, and yes, the catholics church is a murderous cult, God would be ashamed of what theyve become

Yeah! I mean, Red Cross was primarily based on the beliefs of a murderous cult! Fuck that cult! Yeah! *insert more uneducated, extremist, 16-year-old-trying-to-look-badass blather here.*

For chrissakes, a couple Christians take things a little out of hand and suddenly it's a murderous cult. Stupid shit has been done in the name of all religions, and visa versa, take a look at Stalin, he was an atheist, does that make atheism a dangerous mindset?

Basically what I'm saying here is the counter action should not be against the religion itself but the powers pushing these types of actions, which is what I believe Nargal's goal is here. My retort is basically in response to 3 pages flush full of the same "fuck Christianity" BS you can read on pretty much every metal website. There's still a lot of good being done in the world because of Christianity, it's just more hip to ignore the good and focus on the bad.


??, at what point did I say ONLY chritianity was bad, (by the way I am a christian, I just dot beleive in the church's morals) Besides, its not religion that makes things good, good people good do things. I mean Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, etc. all non-christians who were good people. I was just pointing out the fact that Nergal is ot COMPLETELY in the wrong here.

Oh, and by the way, Im 17, WAY more bad-ass than a 16 year old
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25.03.2010 - 23:58
Lord_Regnier

Written by Angelic Storm on 14.03.2010 at 16:15

organised religion is society's cancer


Totally agreed. I consider not religion itself, but religious institutions, as a plague, a parasite that infects many public institutions. I think in our modern societies, those obsolete ideas should have been abandoned long ago.
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26.03.2010 - 06:47
Insineratehymn
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It's unfortunate that Poland would enforce such arbitrary laws. The Bible is nothing more than an ordinary book. There is nothing special or sacred about it. Here in America, despite the rampant Fundamentalist Christianity, Nergal could have easily torn up a Bible onstage because he is protected by the Constitution (although, it's not a very good idea to do something like that in the south). It seems that Europe, despite everything that it has given to America, still has a lot of catching up to do in regards to freedom.
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27.03.2010 - 09:30
Roro

So what did they rule with?
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31.03.2010 - 08:54
Storm Rider

Here the rules that Catholic church in Poland must understand "...you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' "The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
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31.03.2010 - 11:21
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Written by Storm Rider on 31.03.2010 at 08:54

'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'


so this is why people in middle-ages were accusing their neighbors from witchery and then watching them burning...

thanks for further proofing how Christians are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites
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05.04.2010 - 11:33
Crake

He is carzy man.
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07.04.2010 - 10:36
Storm Rider

Hi Ellrohir,

What you've said was right but not all Christian the same like that (I mean hypocrites). Take a look people like Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffett or Oprah Winfrey, I believe there just some good Christian people & I believe you can see another good Christian around your neighbors too.
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22.04.2010 - 17:59
Crake

He is a madman. Only for the attention of people did it.If it came from the clergy dislikes,did not ruptured the book.
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02.07.2010 - 12:44
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Ok, so now the case was closed again and the world keeps turning...

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=57328
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02.07.2010 - 23:16
Insineratehymn
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Written by Ellrohir on 02.07.2010 at 12:44

Ok, so now the case was closed again and the world keeps turning...

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=57328

It's good to see that reason prevails once again.
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03.07.2010 - 01:06
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I think your hysterical post if far from the meaning i had in mind with mine...

what i tried to point out is, that Christians have established a number of rules...they are telling others to live according to them...but as the witch hunting showed us, they dont hesitate to break the rules, when it is for "higher good"...and whats more - it even isnt considered as breaking the rules and it isnt punished...it is even glorified...

take football - "you shall not play with hand"...if you do, you are punished...if you arent punished immediately, because the ref is blind, you are at least hunted down with the media and fans later...noone says "yes, that was good, great job, you are god"

thats what i find hypocritical...
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03.07.2010 - 02:01
BitterCOld
The Ancient One
So Christians are simply human beings that try to live by a slightly higher standard than the rest of us... and sometimes fall short.

they're human.

but they're the easy targets because they don't really fight back, so people pile on.

they are hardly the biggest threat to the world today... i can think of another "ism" that is far more dangerous. but you don't see people piling on that "ism" or using getting public funding to piss in a vat and toss in symbols of significance to that "ism".

of course, it would take actual balls to take on an "ism" that will hit you back.

so while Nergy might have balls for his actions, most of the people frothing at their keyboards are just trying to look bad and dangerous while exposing the flaws of an "ism" that teaches "turning the other cheek." bullying a safe target.

if they had real balls, they'd attack other "isms" that seem to be ok in MMX CE with blowing up civilians for no other reason than disagreeing with them. and if there are no outsiders following other "isms" to attack, they turn on themselves and blow up others following their "ism" because they "follow the gourd instead of the shoe."
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03.07.2010 - 12:29
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I would be piling on "-ism" anytime...but in nowadays world, including this forum, i should be easily charged for spreading hatred


and i am definitely not trying to fight with Christianity as the "biggest threat of current world"...i am just saying they are hypocrites...
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30.07.2010 - 03:46
DemonofDarkness
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Way to go Nergal ...
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30.07.2010 - 04:14
Got Mayhem?

Quite old news. In case anyone is wondering the charges have been dropped for awhile now.
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