Shame on Poland

Category: Religion
Posted on: May 9, 2010 1:35 PM, by PZ Myers

Poland has blasphemy laws, too — and they're applying them to throw a pop star in prison. Dorota
(careful there, she has also posed for Playboy) has said
something absolutely unforgivably awful:

In a television interview last year, Doda explained that she found it far easier to believe in dinosaurs than the Bible; "it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine
and smoked herbal cigarettes."

Polish Catholics weren't too pleased. Under Poland's draconian blasphemy law, simply offending someone's religious sensibilities can earn you
hefty fines and even imprisonment.

Wait, that's it? One sentence that suggests that the authors of the Bible had been doped out of their minds, and zoom, off to prison for two years? Touchy little cowards, aren't they…

This is a good comment, too:

How can Europeans cry foul when Muslims are offended by a cartoon, when they themselves press charges and demand imprisonment over something as simple as a pop star making negative statements about
their religion?

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that there are such things as "blasphemy laws" in a modern European country, even if it is Poland, which I never thought of as being particularly backwards, is just beyond wtf... can't wait 'til my pagan Polish friend and his atheist parents hear about this one (if they haven't already).
Probably the main reason they are going after her is because of who her fiancee is (Nergal from the extreme metal band Behemoth). I had posted a blog here about Nergal getting charged with 2 years by the same people that are bringing up the charges against Dorota.
I think its funny how PZ Myers doesn't even mention Nergal. I guess Pop stars are more important than underground musicians.
Other European countries that have some form of blasphemy laws on the books:,,1894686,00.html
on the plus side it doesn't appear these laws are very effective, upheld or taken seriously, so why bother even keeping them on the books?
You are correct; they should be removed. However, my concern is that if they are on the books they can be abused (dusted off and given new life).
See what happens when the religious are given power beyond the church? Christian democracy my f-ing ass(quoting my father on the existence of such things).

Blasphemy is a victimless crime. Your God does not exist, and you people should be ashamed of yourselves for being such self-righteous bullies. I only hope blasphemy laws aren't passed over in the US.


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