Pop star sentenced for offending religious sentiment
PR dla Zagranicy
A Polish pop star has been fined 5000 zloty (1140 euro) by a Warsaw court for offending religious feelings.
Dorota Rabczewska, known to the public as Doda, was taken to court owing to an interview she gave for the Gazeta Dziennik Prawna daily in 2009. In the interview, the singer lamented that there were no references to dinosaurs in the Bible, and said it was “hard to believe in something written by someone who was hammered on wine and who'd been smoking herbs.”
The case was brought by Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the privately run Nationwide Defence Committee Against Sects.
The trial began in May 2011, with Miss Rabczewska's lawyer championing his client's right to freedom of speech.
Miss Rabczewska did not plead guilty, and claimed that she had not intended to offend anyone.
The singer argued that the cited herbs “were certainly therapeutic ones” and that the alcohol in question was “sacramental wine.”
Ryszard Nowak has been involved in several similar cases, including one against Miss Rabczewska's former boyfriend, Adam Darski, frontman of death metal band Behemoth.
Darski, known to his fans as Nergal, was taken to court for tearing up a copy of the Bible during a 2007 concert. The long-running case was ultimately dropped. (nh/pg)