We have been following the crackdown on free speech in the West and particularly the alarming trend toward Western blasphemy prosecution, here. Now, in Poland, one of the lead signers and guitarists in the heavy metal band Behemoth has been criminally charged with insulting Roman Catholics for tearing up a Bible on stage and calling the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the
planet.” For a video, see below.
The case itself is a bit confusing. Ryszard Nowak, head of the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects sued Behemouth for promoting Satanism, but the trial appears focused on insulting Catholics. It is a crime to insult someone’s religion — something that is becoming a common basis in the West for punishing critics of religion. The Obama Administration recently gave tacit approval to such attacks on free speech as Western leaders attack secularists as a threat to Western Civilization, here.
The band has been previously charged with such offenses against religion and the singer in this case has pleaded not guilty — citing artistic freedom.
If found guilty, Darski faces up to 2 years in prison.
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