Poland Slaps Fine on Singer for Bashing Bible

January 16, 2012 - 3:15 PM
Poland Bible Bashing

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo Polish pop singer Dorota "Doda" Rabczewska is photographed in Warsaw, Poland. A Polish court slapped a fine on Rabczewska 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. 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.". (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — 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.