Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Doda Elektroda says Bible written by drunks. Which, apparently, is some kind of crime in Poland.

Dorota Rabczewska, a 26 year-old Polish pop-star, has been charged by Warsaw prosecutors with insulting religious feeling for comments she made about the Bible in a television interview a year ago:
"it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes."
For this, the singer, who is also known as Doda Elektroda, if convicted could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison under Polish law.

There has been at least one high profile conviction under the same law, that of Polish artist Dorota Nieznalska, who was found guilty in 2003 of "offending religious feelings" under article 196 of the Polish Criminal Code.

Responding to her arrest, Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the Committee for the Defence Against Sects, an organisation dedicated to protecting Christian values, said:
"It is clear that Doda thinks that the Bible was written by drunkards and junkies. I believe that she committed a crime and offended the religious feelings of both Christians and Jews."
Doda is engaged to Adam Darski, aka "Nergal", frontman of the Polish Extreme Metal Band Behemoth. Darski is also facing prosecution under the same law for publicly tearing up a Bible during a Behemoth performance and publicly stating "the Catholic Church is the most murderous cult in the history of the human race."

For a little more on Nergal's case and also on the 2003 the case of Dorota Nieznalska, see this previous post.

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