Behemoth’s Nergal Once More Acquitted of Blasphemy In Poland
So far, Behemoth frontman Nergal has a long career of bucking the Polish government’s blasphemy claims against him, with the most recent miscarriage of justice happening in 2018. But now Nergal has once more been acquitted of blasphemy by the Polish government for his use of the country’s National Emblem in the band’s tour merch.
Nergal posted the below images to Instagram, with the following caption:
“Fuck yeah! Acquitted again !!
“This has begun over 3 years ago, when one of the PIS politicians felt that Behemoth has offended Polish National Emblem with a design which was used to promote Polish leg of a Behemoth’s tour. Obviously, nothing of such was happening. And it’s been sooo clear for everyone except for the right wing politicians and their fans. Yet the the politicized prosecutor’s office launched an investigation and accused us of insulting the Polish emblem.
“3 years ago the first court hearing was held. Eventually we won and were all acquitted. Then, the prosecutor appealed and the appellate court recalled the case to the 1st instance for reconsideration. And now we have been acquitted again! But the story continues, have your fingers crossed. Still, it’s the second battle won in a row!
“ANOTHER battle won! Thank you all who made that happen, thank the Judge for being fair, open minded and reasonable. And brave in such strange times…
“ART & logic vs. religious fanatics 3 : 0”
We’re of two minds about Behemoth and Nergal, but we’ll always stand against censoring art due to an idea as stupid as “blasphemy.” This is a win for metal.
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5/9 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo [tickets]
5/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre [tickets]
5/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater [tickets]
5/13 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre [tickets]
5/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium [tickets]