Nergal Found Innocent After Tearing Up Bible

Behemoth frontman hails "win over religious fanatics" after court case as English version of metal-tinged holy book is released.

Nergal Found Innocent After Tearing Up Bible
38
Behemoth frontman Nergal has been found innocent of charges relating to tearing a Bible on stage in his native Poland. The nation has strict laws against offending religious feelings and Nergal, real name Adam Darski, was charged following a concert in Gdynia in 2007 after he called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" then referred to the Bible as "a book of lies" before tearing pages out of a copy. Dismissing the charges, judge Krzysztof Wiechowski described the musician's actions as "a form of art", and said the law was not intended to limit artistic expression or the right to criticise religions. Nergal says: "I'm so glad to see intelligence won over religious fanatics in my home country. There's still so much work to be done to make things right, but I'm sure I'm on the path to ultimate freedom." "The battle is won but the war ain't over." The case went to trial after Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the Polish Committee for Defence Against Sects, took action against Behemoth and accused them of promoting Satanism. But Judge Wiechowski ruled no one in the audience had been offended by Nergal's act, and the only person to complain in the first instance had been Nowak himself. Bassist Orion previously explained the band had been tearing Bibles for two years before it became an issue. "Behemoth fans know what the band is about", he said. "They know what the lyrics are about and at least a little philosophy behind the band. So it's kind of surprising that people who come to our show might be offended at what we do." "If such a person comes to a show, he comes with the purpose of being offended and it shouldn't be like that." Meanwhile, the "Metal Bible" has been published in English and German following its original release in Swedish and Dutch. The special edition of the New Testament features interviews with musicians including Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, David Ellefson of Megadeth, Tommy Aldridge ex of Whitesnake, producer Bob Rock, who discuss the meaning of religion in their lives. Coordinator Johannes Jonsson says: "The idea was to design the Bible in such a way that it could real more to those of us who are into hard rock and metal." You can read Metal Bible online here. Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

298 comments sorted by best / new / date

comments policy
    FiddleJohnny
    AtTheGates\m/ wrote: i am not religious and i do not respect other people's delusions i feel bad for them but also dislike the problems they cause. we have the means to live happy lives without delusion while realizing truths about the universe to the best of our ability why wallow in your delusions of a imaginary friend who loves you when you can be free and help humanity. I feel like this "religion" stuff is disrespectful to the dead (oh he's ok he's in a better place no he is rotting in the ground makes your memories of his life more precious) it also causes people to waste their lives. Morals come from society religion adapts to society that's why genocide is wrong now, unlike in the old testament and amalak, among other places, where god ordered his people to wipe out a city of people he loved...and why killing in the name of war is fine when "justified". Also religion brings about the notion of "free will" which makes no sense and causes many us to want to punish criminals instead of either rehabilitating them or removing them from society. God didn't love anyone before the jews and he choose one tribe in the middle east as his chosen people and then changed his mind numerous times!!! a perfect being changed his mind? im going to stop because i could keep talking about this for a while but that ruling is bullshit the only beliefs i respect with religion are those who see it as a metaphor for how to live well possibly
    +1 Much truth in here
    Scorpyin
    CR!$+@ wrote: AtTheGates\m/ wrote: i am not religious and i do not respect other people's delusions i feel bad for them but also dislike the problems they cause. we have the means to live happy lives without delusion while realizing truths about the universe to the best of our ability why wallow in your delusions of a imaginary friend who loves you when you can be free and help humanity. I feel like this "religion" stuff is disrespectful to the dead (oh he's ok he's in a better place no he is rotting in the ground makes your memories of his life more precious) it also causes people to waste their lives. Morals come from society religion adapts to society that's why genocide is wrong now, unlike in the old testament and amalak, among other places, where god ordered his people to wipe out a city of people he loved...and why killing in the name of war is fine when "justified". Also religion brings about the notion of "free will" which makes no sense and causes many us to want to punish criminals instead of either rehabilitating them or removing them from society. God didn't love anyone before the jews and he choose one tribe in the middle east as his chosen people and then changed his mind numerous times!!! a perfect being changed his mind? im going to stop because i could keep talking about this for a while but that ruling is bullshit the only beliefs i respect with religion are those who see it as a metaphor for how to live well possibly Your missing the whole point in christianity, being a christian isnt peopple screaming at the top of there lungs trying to convert you, even though thats what people have turned it into. Its about loving one another and going out of your way to help someone else and enjoying life to the fullest while doing what you love. Sadly people have turned it into a freak show and have turned something so beutiful and made it into what they want. Religion does not convert to people people convert the religion to themselves.
    Exactly, so why bother with it, can't we love one another and all live peacfully WITHOUT religion? Do we honestly need to worship the sun people?!!
    AtTheGates\m/
    i am not religious and i do not respect other people's delusions i feel bad for them but also dislike the problems they cause. we have the means to live happy lives without delusion while realizing truths about the universe to the best of our ability why wallow in your delusions of a imaginary friend who loves you when you can be free and help humanity. I feel like this "religion" stuff is disrespectful to the dead (oh he's ok he's in a better place no he is rotting in the ground makes your memories of his life more precious) it also causes people to waste their lives. Morals come from society religion adapts to society that's why genocide is wrong now, unlike in the old testament and amalak, among other places, where god ordered his people to wipe out a city of people he loved...and why killing in the name of war is fine when "justified". Also religion brings about the notion of "free will" which makes no sense and causes many us to want to punish criminals instead of either rehabilitating them or removing them from society. God didn't love anyone before the jews and he choose one tribe in the middle east as his chosen people and then changed his mind numerous times!!! a perfect being changed his mind? im going to stop because i could keep talking about this for a while but that ruling is bullshit the only beliefs i respect with religion are those who see it as a metaphor for how to live well possibly
    TrashVampire666
    CR!$+@ wrote: There are many ways to get your point across to people, so why rip up a bible? I mean I get that it was an "artistic approach" but really why do something thats going to cause such a controversey? Sounds like he wants more attention to me.
    obviously this is your first time hearing of Nergal. welcome to the wonderfully attention whoring world of Black Metal. but seriously though good for him. its his right to do whatever the hell he wants with some bound together paper, be it read or burn and desecrate.
    SoA_Joseph
    He has defeated disease and religion. Clearly the man must conquer politics next. Nergal for president 2012, anyone?
    Bananafish003
    Metal_Mesh wrote: Democracy: 1 - Ignorant religious tards: 0. This is just great! Freedom of speech won over the religious dummies.
    Since you don't want to justify your insults, I won't justify mine. Asshole.
    mattkendell
    Xelested wrote: I have nothing against religion, it is just these sort of christians that piss me off. He expressed his views, his view differs from yours. He tore an old fantasy book , get over it.
    I dunno bro, I'd get pretty mad if somebody tore up my copy of "A Game of Thrones" *trollface.jpg*
    Deamontool
    I love people talking about meaningless things, the religious, the atheists, the cleaver and stupid ones. Its just amusing.
    BigSpence
    I think the worst part about this is that UG posted this at the top of the front page because they knew users would go at each other like this. Oh yeah, the deaths of innocent people from a collapsing stage isn't nearly as important as some poser who creates music that I will probably never bother to listen to tearing up the Bible, so we won't put it as top news to get more people to know about it. Way to to, Ultimate-Guitar. And yes, I know some smart-mouth is going to somehow, in some way, say something against this comment, but it's the Internet. By all means.
    Mr_Cbone93
    zomgguitarz1234 wrote: I bet I can predict the comments without reading them: They're probably all bashing Christians and Catholics, and being completely hypocritical by saying "They force their religion on other people" when 99% of the time atheists try to force atheism on people.
    exaaaactly
    punkforlife93
    .FinalSolution. wrote: I: -Agree that the Catholic Church is generally a bad thing -Am glad the charges were dropped -Am not pleased he did this Reason being, this is exactly what makes metal look bad. People get this idea that metal is all about Satanism (And, yes, I know, people have no idea what Satanism actually is), worshipping the devil, ripping up bibles, burning churches, etc...and it's not. These are extremely rare occurances done by a minority of the metal populace. But when stuff like this happens it's just another +1 to that minority. Again, I totally respect anyone's right to do this, I just don't like how it makes the entire metal community look. It's a pretty unproductive way of getting our point across...it just makes us look elitist and blah.
    Mostly this. Also, Behemoth blows.
    ctfod
    Lee Makky wrote: ripping a bible is the same as ripping up a wheres waldo book, to him, the bible doesnt mean anything to him. respect his views.
    Just for the sake of playing devil's advocate, it's hard for people to respect his views when it seems like he doesn't respect theirs.
    georgebushguy79
    This guy's still a moron for doing it. Just the symbolism of the act. You can say all you want about Christians but Christianity brings the good out of people and brings us together.
    SoA_Joseph
    PorcupineThief wrote: PorcupineThief wrote: SoA_Joseph wrote: He has defeated disease and religion. Clearly the man must conquer politics next. Nergal for president 2012, anyone? He's Polish. And by that I mean he can't legally run. Haha
    Prime Minister. **
    Paramecium302
    ctfod wrote: Lee Makky wrote: ripping a bible is the same as ripping up a wheres waldo book, to him, the bible doesnt mean anything to him. respect his views.Just for the sake of playing devil's advocate, it's hard for people to respect his views when it seems like he doesn't respect theirs.
    True enough, however he never brought Christianity to court for anything they've ever done.
    .FinalSolution.
    I: -Agree that the Catholic Church is generally a bad thing -Am glad the charges were dropped -Am not pleased he did this Reason being, this is exactly what makes metal look bad. People get this idea that metal is all about Satanism (And, yes, I know, people have no idea what Satanism actually is), worshipping the devil, ripping up bibles, burning churches, etc...and it's not. These are extremely rare occurances done by a minority of the metal populace. But when stuff like this happens it's just another +1 to that minority. Again, I totally respect anyone's right to do this, I just don't like how it makes the entire metal community look. It's a pretty unproductive way of getting our point across...it just makes us look elitist and blah.
    rock_or_roll
    zomgguitarz1234 wrote:
    I bet I can predict the comments without reading them: They're probably all bashing Christians and Catholics, and being completely hypocritical by saying "They force their religion on other people" when 99% of the time atheists try to force atheism on people.
    hahahahahaha how did u know??
    Epi g-310
    It's things like this that make me feel bad for being a part of this website. I think the scientific focus of most atheists is admirable, but most of the atheists that I know, and get to hear ranting and posting un-justified one-liners against religion on here are some of the most ineffective people I've ever met. If you want to get a point across, do it respectfully. Bill Mahr? Richard Dawkins? Brilliant folks. Offensive in the worst possible ways? Yes. Will they ever have a meaningful impact on religious people? No. They're too convinced that they're right, and they actually have no more evidence to their case than religious people do. While the existence of a god can't be proven, neither can the nonexistence of one. You CAN'T claim an opinion as a fact. You lose all credibility the second you do that. And let me ask this - does ANYONE HONESTLY believe that Jesus would have led the Spanish Inquisition? The Crusades? The Holocaust? Has anyone even READ the Bible?
    notaspy2009
    Scorpyin wrote: CR!$+@ wrote: AtTheGates\m/ wrote: i am not religious and i do not respect other people's delusions i feel bad for them but also dislike the problems they cause. we have the means to live happy lives without delusion while realizing truths about the universe to the best of our ability why wallow in your delusions of a imaginary friend who loves you when you can be free and help humanity. I feel like this "religion" stuff is disrespectful to the dead (oh he's ok he's in a better place no he is rotting in the ground makes your memories of his life more precious) it also causes people to waste their lives. Morals come from society religion adapts to society that's why genocide is wrong now, unlike in the old testament and amalak, among other places, where god ordered his people to wipe out a city of people he loved...and why killing in the name of war is fine when "justified". Also religion brings about the notion of "free will" which makes no sense and causes many us to want to punish criminals instead of either rehabilitating them or removing them from society. God didn't love anyone before the jews and he choose one tribe in the middle east as his chosen people and then changed his mind numerous times!!! a perfect being changed his mind? im going to stop because i could keep talking about this for a while but that ruling is bullshit the only beliefs i respect with religion are those who see it as a metaphor for how to live well possibly Your missing the whole point in christianity, being a christian isnt peopple screaming at the top of there lungs trying to convert you, even though thats what people have turned it into. Its about loving one another and going out of your way to help someone else and enjoying life to the fullest while doing what you love. Sadly people have turned it into a freak show and have turned something so beutiful and made it into what they want. Religion does not convert to people people convert the religion to themselves. Exactly, so why bother with it, can't we love one another and all live peacfully WITHOUT religion? Do we honestly need to worship the sun people?!!
    Damn straight
    dig up my date
    Just get some herb, or shoomz. There would be no need for the creation/evolution argument and everyone would be at peace.
    limpidgreen345
    Great for him, now maybe he can start acting like an adult. We all know this was a stunt just to piss people off... and it worked. Every time something like this comes up what do we learn? Everybody's an expert on theology, religious people need to grow a backbone, and nonreligious people apparently think they're all experts on the Crusades. Great! It's good for a cheap laugh at least.
    drumbum4life
    Like I Is wrote: It's just counter-active to what we as humans should be striving for as a species. I'm a Christian, and yeah, I thought ripping up a Bible was excessive, but he has the right to do it. But it's not helping anyone. It just creates conflict. We, as humans, should be striving for unity and peace, and actions like this just widen the already-gigantic gulf between people of different beliefs. He didn't do anybody any favors by ripping up a holy book; he just inflamed a very passionate and very vocal demographic. Also, this guy is not a theologian or a scholar or anything. He's just a musician. It's like when people base their entire political opinion on things they've heard a comedian say. If you want to bash or make fun or disrespect something, at least put forth the effort to comprehend it first. Bob Dylan said, "You can't criticise what you don't understand.", and unfortunately, I see more of this nonsense everyday. Anyway, I just hope people become a little more tolerant of others. It's depressing to hear about. We're all humans, and we should be trying to make life as easy as we can for others.
    Theologians and scholars are pretty different and no christian I've ever met had any degree and they all like to scream their heads off about politics and their beliefs. All of them like to use "knowledge" to disprove facts but it's always, "someone told me this" or something they read off the internet from some guy that calls himself an Apologist. If you believe in the bible and use that as your starting point when trying to find out the facts, you'll come up with the wrong answer every time. That's why the bible's dangerous, and that's why people like Adam need to be so extreme. People need to see it for what it really is and understand that we can't move forward as people until it's gone. That's why it doesn't take a scholar to criticize religion. They're complete opposites, totally unrelated.
    JimDawson
    pineaple expres wrote: im glad he was let go. im a christian and i am offended by what he did but he was expressing himself and his beliefs so more power to him.
    If more religious people were like you, only idiots would have a problem with religion. Way to go! As a devout atheist, I think all of theology is just a made up story. However, someone with an open mind can read things in the bible (or any other story) and take much good from it as long as they don't take it literally and realize that sometimes doing the exact opposite of what someone did in that story is better for you. It is easy to lose your objectivity in your own beliefs and think you are the center of the universe. Reading of the things Nergal does, I have to say I am really on the fence about his in-your-face methods, but at the same time sensationalism is a great way to get noticed. I just hope his "I am doing the right thing" attitude doesn't get blown out of proportion and make him just as hypocritical as any religious person who would kill (stepping on others) for their own beliefs. He isn't actually hurting anyone though, and I think there is great virtue in being able to look at things that go against your own beliefs and see beyond being offended by it. Then again, he should expect this kind of negative reaction from people. Regardless of what anyone will say, religion can be a source of great strength for people in many ways. Personally, I think there are many better ways to gain personal strength but I am not arrogant and stupid enough to think that what I think is what everyone else should think. It is way more complicated than that. +1 for open-mindedness and tolerance!
    MyTwistedDreams
    At least he didn't do what I usually do; tear out a page, light it up, and light a cigarette with it. Makes you feel like a total BAMF.
    limpidgreen345
    Saying you don't believe in God and Christians are all hypocrites is a long way from actually having the philosophical competence to even begin a substantive discussion about theism... so let's try to avoid lines like "That's why it doesn't take a scholar to criticize religion" and "I think all of theology is just a made up story"... Believing in God or not believing in God is all well and good... I'm not getting into THAT debate... but let's be honest, around here that usually just ends up turning into an orgy for blowhards and everybody with a good one-liner... and that doesn't get any of us anywhere, does it...? Not to mention you have to scroll past the same posts over and over again because people keep quoting and adding on and quoting and adding on over and over again until every post has ten other posts quoted inside of it... and on top of THAT, some douchebag has to quote one with all of the longest posts in the thread and add "+1" ... Gee, thanks for that!
    stndrdprcdre
    Why do people make such a big damn deal about this dude? And didn't marylin manson wear this crap out 15 years ago?
    davee!
    Whether it's the Bible or a Where's Waldo book... doing that at a show and forcing your opinion on everyone in that setting just to piss em off is still pointless. I know everyone is saying "freedom of speech blah blah blah" but to me it just seems like the typical bullshit rockstars pull for attention. It was meant to be offensive, nothing more.
    dougl126
    Well the Bible is the most printed book in history so him ripping up one at a show isn't going to do much...
    fretman5000
    This guys a musician, doesn't mean you should go around saying you're fighting a battle against religion, no one cares about you're beliefs, you're not changing anyone's mind. Anyone else think this guys actions are super hypocritical?
    Fireballz 1077
    Fireballz 1077 wrote: Epi g-310 wrote: It's things like this that make me feel bad for being a part of this website. I think the scientific focus of most atheists is admirable, but most of the atheists that I know, and get to hear ranting and posting un-justified one-liners against religion on here are some of the most ineffective people I've ever met. If you want to get a point across, do it respectfully. Bill Mahr? Richard Dawkins? Brilliant folks. Offensive in the worst possible ways? Yes. Will they ever have a meaningful impact on religious people? No. They're too convinced that they're right, and they actually have no more evidence to their case than religious people do. While the existence of a god can't be proven, neither can the nonexistence of one. You CAN'T claim an opinion as a fact. You lose all credibility the second you do that. THIS!!!!! Oh my (no pun intended) God! Finally! Someone online who is actually INTELLIGENT! You've earned my respect, and I completely agree with you. Let's all be truthful, and please, no flaming before you read the whole comment. All extremists do is piss people off, whether they be Religous Extremists, Political Extremists, or Racial Extremists. To you religous (or non-religous) people out there, please stop trying to force your beliefs upon other people. There is a way to express your opinion without making enemies. This is why Christians are frowned upon in the Atheist community, why Atheists are frowned upon in the Christian community, why other countries view Americans as intolerant extremists, etc. All this does is lead to problems.
    And just so people know, I'm american. And i'm christian.
    Fireballz 1077
    Epi g-310 wrote: It's things like this that make me feel bad for being a part of this website. I think the scientific focus of most atheists is admirable, but most of the atheists that I know, and get to hear ranting and posting un-justified one-liners against religion on here are some of the most ineffective people I've ever met. If you want to get a point across, do it respectfully. Bill Mahr? Richard Dawkins? Brilliant folks. Offensive in the worst possible ways? Yes. Will they ever have a meaningful impact on religious people? No. They're too convinced that they're right, and they actually have no more evidence to their case than religious people do. While the existence of a god can't be proven, neither can the nonexistence of one. You CAN'T claim an opinion as a fact. You lose all credibility the second you do that.
    THIS!!!!! Oh my (no pun intended) God! Finally! Someone online who is actually INTELLIGENT! You've earned my respect, and I completely agree with you. Let's all be truthful, and please, no flaming before you read the whole comment. All extremists do is piss people off, whether they be Religous Extremists, Political Extremists, or Racial Extremists. To you religous (or non-religous) people out there, please stop trying to force your beliefs upon other people. There is a way to express your opinion without making enemies. This is why Christians are frowned upon in the Atheist community, why Atheists are frowned upon in the Christian community, why other countries view Americans as intolerant extremists, etc. All this does is lead to problems.
    V1 Enigma
    Most_Triumphant wrote: what a jerk, i dont care if you dont believe, grow up and let others practice their faith, and dont go around ripping up bibles or burning torahs and just keep them happy
    LOL coming from an American xD
    Kortez3000
    The first 2 words scared me for a second there. Seeing how a number of artist have recently passed.
    XtheAxeman
    This dude should change his government name, after all, Adam is a christian name
    Snowman388
    I read the title as "Nergal Found Tearing Up Bible After Being Found Innocent" I was like "you crazy mother****er".
    District
    Abacus11 wrote: ProgJazzMath wrote: Tearing pages out of the bible was a tad over the line though. Fairly disrespectful, ESPECIALLY when he wants to be respected for his views. It's not helping his cause at all. The Bible has been responsible for so much death, misery and oppression throughout history. I commend him for ripping it up publicly.
    Wrong. Mankind's self-centered train of thought is responsible for death, misery and oppression. When we say we do something in the name of Christ, it doesn't mean it's actually done in the name of Christ. It's just another excuse for someone to commit a terrible crime.
    PsiGuy60
    Humans are the only species inherently inclined to drive itself into extinction. No religion is at fault of that, though they are apparently excellent ways to "justify" your actions in your own mind.
    FuruiShin
    Nobody can stop him now xD!! Cool to see him doing fine after all of those weird things around.
    indie_nation
    People will always use tactics like this to get in the press. The funny thing is it's like when some idiots start burning flags, you're not burning my flag your burning yours. So if you want to keep some business going by buying and burning your flag, or in this case buying and ripping up a story book then please be my guest. Don't make this out to be something it's not, he bought a fairy tale and destroyed it on stage nothing more, nothing less.....