Blasphemy cases–long common to Muslim nations such as Pakistan and Egypt–are now popping up in unexpected places. The latest: heavily Catholic Poland.
Poland's Supreme Court recently ruled that a blasphemy charge against Adam Darski, a member of the Polish rock band Behemoth, can proceed–nearly five years after during an on-stage performance.
Reuters reports that in 2007, Darski "ripped up a copy of the Christian holy book during a concert ... called it deceitful and described the Roman Catholic church as "a criminal sect." Supporters called it "artistic expression"; many Catholics, who comprise more than 80 percent of Poland's population, said it "offended religious feelings."
The case will now return to a lower court. If convicted, Darksi faces a two-year stint in jail.
CT has previously reported on blasphemy charges ...1