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.


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routa - 12.03.2010 at 04:30  
Written by Doc Godin on 12.03.2010 at 02:24

Boo fucking hoo. The guy is getting exactly what he set out to do, stir shit up. I mean, yeah the censorship sucks, but lets not act so fucking shocked. They're giving him exactly what he wants.


Oy, couldn't have said better.
Deigrinder - 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???
renai - 12.03.2010 at 07:43  
I guess using Behemoth's album cover as toilet paper is not a crime, eventough that will be very inconvenience... what a wasted paper.
Maxx666 - 12.03.2010 at 09:00  
Behemoth Rules. Nothing more to say. Stupid fuckin charges against Nergal.
AiwiAstwihad - 12.03.2010 at 14:13  
Written by Ernis on 11.03.2010 at 22:21

but when drops of water keep falling to the same spot all the time, they eventually make a hole in a rock...

...Or it can make you stronger, thick-skinned and immune to stupidity so that you'll ignore simple-mindeds more easily instead of being annoyed or trying to educate 'em in vain.
Written by Ernis on 11.03.2010 at 22:21

And yes, words and symbolic actions can hurt as much or worse than physical injuries... they can leave a very deep mark... you won't feel the best when someone photoshops your friend's face to a gay porn photo... you won't be "I don't care" when you or your close person is humiliated or hurt in any way... you just will not stand there and be "ok, it's nothing... I'll just go and have another ale now"

Sometimes the limit is simply crossed...

Indeed, but i classify those acts as "Personal attacks" and they, of course, make you angry. I mean, when IR always equates Metal music with Satanism and its fans as junkies, Satan worshippers, sexually perverts who are involved in Satanic rituals and drink urine/blood and sacrifise infants...blah, blah, blah...I ignore all that crap as long as it's not directed at me/my friends personally thus if some dickhead DIRECTLY say the same stuff, then has to be responded, no doubts...
Personal insults, is where i draw the line.
Another example, Muslims blustered over some cartoons because again they were offended and there was placards such as: "Everyone who says Islam is violant must be beheaded"...What an irony, by the way!
I think, religious extremists are the ones who trigger midless reactions against religions (arsons for example) and the worse, validate that hatred with their radical responses (lets behead all who believe Islam is violant)...while sadly, nice wise ones (like you) are the ones who suffer most.
Yeah, it's ridiculous that Christianity is the only target...Because...Confronting Muslims is twisting the lion's tail so let the sleeping dogs lie...Jews, oh no, we're not Nazis...
Ernis - 12.03.2010 at 16:29  
Written by AiwiAstwihad on 12.03.2010 at 14:13

...Or it can make you stronger, thick-skinned and immune to stupidity so that you'll ignore simple-mindeds more easily instead of being annoyed or trying to educate 'em in vain.

You're right... There's not much you or I can do about them....
Doc Godin - 13.03.2010 at 04:27  
2 Years is a bit harsh, but you'd think if had a warning before he would at least try and fight that law through petitions and appeals and whatnot before out right breaking it again.
Valaskjalf - 13.03.2010 at 18:16  
Well if its the law its the law....what I find funny is that he is ACTUALLY pleading not guilty!!?? He openly destroys and bashes religion, in interviews, his albums, everything. He has no foot to stand on, fair enough its his opinion, but he also knew it is against the law. I do however agree with him about how poisonous Catholicism is...I just find his "not guilty" plea quite strange, its like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar and saying he wasnt taking any lol
Deigrinder - 14.03.2010 at 07:47  
The reason he says he's not guilty is because writing in the bible is not a crime.....;)
If religion feels sad because their (un)holy bible is Destroyed...
then i must tell u.....we who don't believe in god feels sad because there (un)holy bible is not destroyed...:cool:
jupitreas - 14.03.2010 at 09:13  
Written by Doc Godin on 12.03.2010 at 02:24

Boo fucking hoo. The guy is getting exactly what he set out to do, stir shit up. I mean, yeah the censorship sucks, but lets not act so fucking shocked. They're giving him exactly what he wants.


Nergal has the right idea. Poland is really in trouble with the amount of control that the Catholic church has over society and politics. Something needs to be done. I'm not saying Nergal's way is the best possible way but at least he is doing SOMETHING.

I'd be willing to tolerate Catholics if only they weren't forcing their religion down my throat.

Most of you people around the world misinterpret Nergal's action as some usual black metal anti-christian shtick; however, in Poland, he is making a political statement. He is Polish and like me, he can't fucking stand seeing how catholicism affects every facet of everyday life.
K†ulu - 14.03.2010 at 09:37  
I think jupi has got a point in some respects. I have read about the preponderance of Catholicism in Poland and that many people are kinda devout and they go to church just because it's something people in Poland do, like a custom.

The thing I support is the fact that the Church and the government are supposed to be separate. That's the lesson from history that is supposed to have been learned by now.

I don't think, however, that's tearing the Bible is an accepted action. I mean there are many different denominations in Christianity, and although Nergal would probably say fuck you to all of them, it's just wrong and disrespectful...
jupitreas - 14.03.2010 at 10:26  
Written by K†ulu on 14.03.2010 at 09:37

I think jupi has got a point in some respects. I have read about the preponderance of Catholicism in Poland and that many people are kinda devout and they go to church just because it's something people in Poland do, like a custom.

The thing I support is the fact that the Church and the government are supposed to be separate. That's the lesson from history that is supposed to have been learned by now.

I don't think, however, that's tearing the Bible is an unaccepted action. I mean there are many different denominations in Christianity, and although Nergal would probably say fuck you to all of them, it's just wrong and disrespectful...


Extreme conditions demand extreme responses... I think a lot of people, particularly those from the more civilized world, can't understand just how oppressive catholicism is in Poland. Besides this law that Nergal broke, which is a clear violation of the freedom of expression, the catholic church has just an immense influence on life in Poland. Being a catholic and going to church is seen as the norm and therefore anyone going against the grain is immediately stigmatized, no matter how little they oppose this tradition. An atheist or agnostic quite literally becomes part of a social minority that experiences a very real social prejudice. In a country where racial diversity is pretty low, it is the atheists that become the 'niggers'.

This is why Nergal's actions actually have a very real significance in Poland and are more than just pure controversy for the sake of promotion (although I am sure Nergal welcomes the promotion, lets not kid ourselves). He is doing the right thing, although he might not be doing it in the best possible way.

Personally, I think people like Nergal who have some degree of public credibility, should focus on convincing the many atheists, agnostics, nihilists etc. in Poland to get excommunicated from the catholic church. Poland's ratio of registered catholics is something like 99% and this is due to the deeply ingrained tradition of baptizing children. This means that even people who don't have christian beliefs are officially considered catholics. If all of these people got excommunicated (ie. officially quit the church), the church's influence on politics and society would fall. It would be a gradual process but slowly, not being catholic would cease being a stigma in this country.

With all this said, I still think that at least Nergal is doing SOMETHING to solve the situation and I respect that.
Burning the Bible is disrespectful towards christians, sure... but in a country where non-catholics are constantly disrespected in every way imaginable, it is nothing but a reaction to oppression.
Storm Rider - 14.03.2010 at 14:40  
I guess in the future will be introspections to Catholic people in Poland & try to find out why Nergal doing that. Human life stand in 2 side, believe & unbelief to God. For believe to God, Bible is a holy book but for unbelief, Bible is only book. When people (unbelief) saw that many people (believe) doing nothing (their life not related to what Bible said), then impact to trusty (respectful). I think it's really really reasonable view
Angelic Storm - 14.03.2010 at 16:15  
Potentially 2 years for destroying a bible? Thats outrageous, if catholicsm has so much power in poland, and freedom of speech against catholicsm is so oppressed in that country, then Im with Nergal all the way! This is just one more example of why organised religion is society's cancer. I dont think catholics have any right to criticise Nergal for his actions, if they themselves are ramming the bible, and catholicsm down non believers throats. Which Im sure in Poland does happen a lot.
Deigrinder - 15.03.2010 at 07:24  
I understand when Nergel destroyed the bible a lot of Catholicism's people were sad .So what?
Think of a murderer who will be hanged tomorrow.His(murderer) family members are sad.So should we not prosecute his punishment?
For us to do the right thing we must also make some people sad.

Jupitreas I think what Nergel doing is the best course of action because we can see how oppressive Catholicism is in Poland .So for this oppression to stop we must do the things they(Catholicism's people) feel sad n hurt.
Dangerboner - 16.03.2010 at 14:42  
Nergal Shall Serve
Lucas - 16.03.2010 at 14:44  
Written by Dangerboner on 16.03.2010 at 14:42

Nergal Shall Serve




Can't believe it took this long until anyone came up with this. Awesome but sad.
Doc Godin - 16.03.2010 at 22:43  
Written by Lucas on 16.03.2010 at 14:44

Written by Dangerboner on 16.03.2010 at 14:42

Nergal Shall Serve




Can't believe it took this long until anyone came up with this. Awesome but sad.

Countdown until someone takes that joke personally 5...4...3...
Storm Rider - 17.03.2010 at 02:59  
I think Nergal can take a legal action for his freedom of expression such as below

Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak without censorship and/or limitation. The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes used to indicate not only freedom of verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as on "hate speech".

The right to freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Dangerboner - 17.03.2010 at 08:27  
Nergal has shamed my Jesus. I hope they can find a cell that will fit his forehead

Sculpting the Jail ov Nergal
Bubba is Above, Nergal is Below
Alas, Jail is Upon me
No Sympathy from Poland

damn I'm bored

BitterCOld - 17.03.2010 at 09:12  
Written by Dangerboner on 17.03.2010 at 08:27

Nergal has shamed my Jesus. I hope they can find a cell that will fit his forehead

Sculpting the Jail ov Nergal
Bubba is Above, Nergal is Below
Alas, Jail is Upon me
No Sympathy from Poland

damn I'm bored





... alas, bubba is upon me...
Roro - 17.03.2010 at 12:54  
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.
Storm Rider - 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
Deigrinder - 19.03.2010 at 15:23  
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.
Storm Rider - 21.03.2010 at 09:31  
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
Doc Godin - 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.
soadbyob - 25.03.2010 at 14:54  
Written by Doc Godin 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
Lord_Regnier - 25.03.2010 at 23:58  
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.
BreadGod - 26.03.2010 at 06:47  
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.
Roro - 27.03.2010 at 09:30  
So what did they rule with?
Storm Rider - 31.03.2010 at 08:54  
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."
Ellrohir - 31.03.2010 at 11:21  
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
Crake - 05.04.2010 at 11:33  
He is carzy man.
Storm Rider - 07.04.2010 at 10:36  
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.
Crake - 22.04.2010 at 17:59  
He is a madman. Only for the attention of people did it.If it came from the clergy dislikes,did not ruptured the book.
Ellrohir - 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
BreadGod - 02.07.2010 at 23:16  
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.
Ernis - 02.07.2010 at 23:32  
Written by Ellrohir on 31.03.2010 at 11:21

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

For the same thing why people in the 20th century were accusing their neighbours of being "enemies of state" to have them sent away to Stalinist work-camps to get the neighbour's house, cow, field and horse for themselves as a "reward for loyalty to the authorities"...

Apparently they did it because they were Christians because only Christians can do such things... and atheist would not have acted like that... NEVER! Only Christians are the worst possible people on earth right!

If someone beats the fuck out of his wife, it's because he's Christian (because Christians actually shouldn't be violent but they are in fact)
If someone rapes a girl on street, it's because he's Christian (because Christians shouldn't rape but they actually do).
If someone cheats on his wife, it's because he's Christian (because Christians shouldn't cheat on their spouses but all of them do anyway) etc
Because hypocrisy and contradicting the morals and ideals, that's all what Christianity is all about isn't it?!
I'll become an atheist today so I'll automatically be a better person instantly! I won't forget mentioning this to other Christians around me so we'll all become nice and normal people and so we can all build a harmonious and beautiful future with all of you! What an enlightenment!

PS...

If animals eat their children then it's because they're Christians, the Icelandic volcano also erupted because it was Christian... it's like a black hole the Christianity thing...
Ellrohir - 03.07.2010 at 01:06  
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...
BitterCOld - 03.07.2010 at 02:01  
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."
Ernis - 03.07.2010 at 12:17  
Written by Ellrohir on 03.07.2010 at 01:06

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

Hysterical? No, I enjoyed giving a massage to the irony button... even Christians like that...

Christians have established a number of rules? OH YES! All rules on the earth are all Christian-established...

And you really really love the witch hunting thing...

Written by BitterCOld on 03.07.2010 at 02:01

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"


Oh yes... there's some -isms out there... some -isms are actually rather hostile... we had a book here bout one particular violent -ism, in the USSR people were jailed for owning it and when we finally left USSR and some publishers tried to publish this book again all the copies were collected and destroyed because it's absolutely forbidden to write anything negative about this -ism... on the other hand, all kinds of books speaking bout "New Testament is actually a lie"/"Jesus was actually a drug addict who died of a venereal disease instead of the cross"/"Mary was a ho" etc are published like mushrooms after the rain... and it's completely OK to do that... after all, Christians apparently deserve it for the centuries of repression against the other -ists...
Ellrohir - 03.07.2010 at 12:29  
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...
DemonofDarkness - 30.07.2010 at 03:46  
Way to go Nergal ...
Got Mayhem? - 30.07.2010 at 04:14  
Quite old news. In case anyone is wondering the charges have been dropped for awhile now.

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