Blasphemy law ruled constitutional

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The Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Tuesday that the paragraph of the penal code that prohibits offending religious feelings is constitutional.

The ruling comes after singer and celebrity Doda, who was sentenced to a PLN 5,000 fine for saying that she believes “more in dinosaurs than in the Bible as it’s difficult to believe in something that was written by a guy wasted on wine, who smoked pot,” had filed the inquiry with the tribunal.

Andrzej Wróbel, a justice of the Constitutional Tribunal, said that religious criticism is acceptable, only if it’s devoid of abusive, insulting or degrading  opinions. The tribunal said it is necessary to  punish such offenses, because the public debate about religion must be conducted in a cultured and civilized manner.

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.”

 

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