[Judge Krzysztof Wieckowski] has found [death metal singer Adam Darski, of the band Behemoth,] not guilty of offending religious feeling … [by] ripping up a Bible during a show [in Poland] ….
He had been cleared by a court last year but prosecutors appealed that verdict…. According to the Polish news agency PAP, [Darksi] also called the Bible “a deceitful book” and the church a “criminal sect” ….
[The judge’s ruling] said it considered Darski’s actions “a form of art” consistent with the style of his band [and] that the court had no intention of limiting freedom of expression or the right to criticise religion.
Thanks to Prof. Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer.
UPDATE: Sorry, forgot to say this originally: Though I’m pleased at the result, I certainly think that expression shouldn’t be punishable on grounds of its anti-religious nature whether or not it is seen as “a form of art,” and whether or not it’s consistent with the style of the band.