Poland slaps fine on singer for bashing Bible


In this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo Polish pop singer Dorota "Doda" Rabczewska is photographed in Warsaw, Poland. <(AP photo/file)

Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.

WARSAW, Poland — A Polish court slapped a fine on a popular singer who bad-mouthed the Bible — the latest episode in which authorities grapple with religious defamation in a traditionally Catholic country that is growing increasingly secular.

Dorota Rabczewska, a singer who uses the stage name Doda, said in a 2009 interview that she doubted the Bible "because it's hard to believe in something that was written by someone drunk on wine and smoking some herbs."

A Warsaw court ordered her Monday to pay a fine of 5,000 zlotys ($1,450) for offending religious feelings.

The case comes months after another Polish court let off a death metal performer, Adam Darski, who tore a Bible during a 2007 performance. It deemed his act artistic expression.

Darski and Rabczewska once dated.

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