Earlier this month, Adam “Nergal” Darski, frontman of Polish satanic death metal act Behemoth, was hit with new blasphemy charges for “offending religious feelings” due to a picture on his Facebook where he was standing on an illustration of the Virgin Mary. Shortly thereafter, it was revealed that Nergal had been convicted of these crimes, and would be forced to pay PLN 15,000 (roughly $4,000), not to mention having to pay an additional PLN 3,500 in court costs, in punishment. Now, it appears that Darski’s conviction has been overturned in the appeals process.
As reported by Blabbermouth, when Darski contested the charges against him, a judge ruled that the photo in question was posted on Nergal’s social media accounts, and was therefore only made available to a specific group, who were given the following disclaimer by the artist: “The content presented on this profile may offend your religious and other feelings. If you don’t want that to happen, stop following me.”
In an Instagram post about the dismissal, Darski wrote, “Case DISMISSED. There’s NOTHING controversial about the jury’s verdict so fuckin’ DEAL with it. AFTER ALL we live in civilized and democratic country… still. Common sense beats the shit out of fundamentalist agenda which means on more step towards Poland remaining a secular state! Moreover, I know it’s like talking to the wall but to all my adversaries: dont’t give me that ‘do the same with Koran’ bullshit coz it’s old and irrelevant. I keep on spamming here coz I simply LOVE polarization between half of u dear followers congratulating me for the battle won and the other half… that would love see me crucifucked.
“Let the game continue! NON SERVIAM and FTW!!”
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Words by Chris Krovatin