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article imagePolish pop star fined $1,450 for insulting Bible

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 18, 2012 in Crime
On Monday, a Warsaw court found Doda, one of Poland's most famous pop stars, guilty of offending religious feelings and ordered her to pay a $1,450 fine for stating publicly that writers of the 'Bible' were "drunk on wine" and "smoking herbs."
Doda, whose real name is Dorota Rabczewska, made the remarks in a 2009 interview for the newspaper Gazeta Dziennik Prawna daily, reported the Polish news agency PAP.
In the interview, the 27-year-old Mensa genius said "more people believe in dinosaurs than in the Bible," because in her opinion it's “hard to believe in something written by someone who was drunk on wine and smoking herbs.”
According to, these words angered Poland's Catholic groups so much that they lodged complaints with the prosecutor's office.
Ryszard Nowak, president of the privately run Nationwide Defense Committee Against Sects, brought the case against Ms. Rabczewska to trial. Mr. Nowak has been involved in several similar cases, including one against Ms. Rabczewska's former fiancee, Adam Darski, frontman of death metal band Behemoth - a case Mr. Nowak lost.
But this was different. Mr. Nowak believed that the defendant's statement violated Poland's Criminal Code that states: "Whoever offends the religious feelings of other persons by outraging in public an object of religious worship or space for the public performance of religious rites, shall be subject to a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment for 2 years."
The trial began in May 2011, with Ms. Rabczewska entering a plea of not guilty. Her lawyer claimed this was a case about his client's right to freedom of speech.
Adam  Nergal  Darski and former fiancée Dorota Rabczewska (Doda).
Adam "Nergal" Darski and former fiancée Dorota Rabczewska (Doda).
The prosecutor disagreed, telling the court that she offended the religious feelings of "many millions of people", including Jews by comparing "Bible writers to drug addicts and alcoholics".
"If someone is a deep believer, I would not think such words could offend someone," Ms. Rabczewska said. She had no intention to offend anyone.
The singer argued that the cited herbs “were certainly therapeutic, meant for healing," because during biblical times aspirin did not exist and that the alcohol in question was “sacramental wine.”
Her explanations did not help. On Monday, the District Court for Warsaw-Mokotów at the request of prosecutors found the popular singer guilty of offending religious feelings. Because of the defendent's influence, (she was featured on CNN as the tenth most famous Pole in history) her remarks could cause serious harm for those who see her as a role model. Doda will not appeal at this time.
The case comes only a few months after another Polish court let off a death metal performer, Adam Darski.
Darski, known to his fans as Nergal, tore up a copy of the Bible during a September 2007 concert where he reportedly called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet."
Front man Nergal of Poland s Behemoth Tearing up a copy of the Bible during a concert
Front man Nergal of Poland's Behemoth Tearing up a copy of the Bible during a concert
To add insult to injury, he told fans in the audience to burn pages he tossed to them, calling the Bible "a book of lies." Here’s a clip:
On August 18, 2011, a Polish court ruled that Darski's actions were a form of artistic expression consistent with the style of his band. Also weighing in the defendant's favor were Christians who testified on his behalf. They told the judge his actions were not offensive to them at all.
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