Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski has been involved in multiple legal issues over the years due to Poland’s anti-blasphemy laws and now he is fighting back. The frontman has launched a crowdfunding campaign, which he is calling “Ordo Blasfemia,” to help “fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions.”
Nergal said the following:
“My name is Nergal and I am an artist from Poland. For over a decade I have been confronted with numerous attempts to permanently destroy my career on the basis that I have harmed ‘religious feelings’. It sounds absurd and I can assure you, it is.
Many Polish artists, including myself, have been dragged into court rooms, at our own significant costs, to defend ourselves against nonsensical blasphemy laws made by tenuous Politicans. Their intent is to censor anyone who does not conform to the archaic religious laws of our country. The time has come for Polish artists to fight back – join us in the Ordo Blasfemia.
Your donation will help fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions. Help us reach the target so we can distribute to other artists facing their own legal challenges.
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This news comes after Nergal was recently convicted of “offending religious feelings” after sharing a photo that appeared to show him stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary. Authorities became aware of the image after ultra-conservative group Ordo luris and another organization called the Patriotic Society claimed that he “offended the religious feelings of four people.” The frontman was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000) and court costs of nearly 3,500 zloty (approximately $942). However, he has since contested the judgement, so it will now go to trial.