BEHEMOTH mainman Adam “Nergal” Darski has been convicted for offending religious feelings by a court in Warsaw, Notes From Poland reports. The charges stemmed from an image the Polish musician posted on social media showing a foot stamping on a picture of the Virgin Mary.
Nergal was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000) and court costs of almost 3,500 zloty (approximately $942), but since Darski has contested the judgement, the case will now go to trial.
After Nergal shared the image on his social media in September 2019, an ultraconservative legal group, Ordo Iuris, and an organization called the Patriotic Society (Towarzystwo Patriotyczne) notified prosecutors that he had “offended the religious feelings of four people,” including a local politician from Poland’s conservative ruling coalition.
Spokeswoman for Warsaw district prosecutor’s office, Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, said: “In the course of proceedings, the aggrieved parties were questioned and they clearly stated that their religious feelings were offended.”
Prosecutors also consulted an expert in religious studies, whose “opinion clearly concludes that treading with a shoe on the image of the Mother of God is an offence against religious feelings,” Skrzyniarz added.