Doda the Blasphemer

Poland’s Trybunał Konstytucyjny (Constitutional Tribunal), the judicial body tasked with seeing that state institutions comply with statutory law, has ruled that the paragraph of the penal code that prohibits offending religious feelings is constitutional. 

Poland’s penal code states that “whoever offends religious feelings of other people by publicly insulting an object of religious cult or a place for public holding of religious ceremonies, is subject to a fine, restriction of liberty or loss of liberty for up to 2 years.”

In its ruling the tribunal said that it is necessary to punish such offences, because public debate on religion must be carried out in a cultured and civilized matter. The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed by Dorota Rabczewska, who was fined by a Warsaw district court in 2012 for saying the Bible was “written by a guy wasted on wine, who smoked pot.”


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