Two related stories from the last few weeks — the first from Bernama, “the national news agency of Malaysia”:
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.
Very regrettable, in both cases.
Thanks to Prof. Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer, and to my mother Anne for checking the Warsaw Business Journal account against the Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s Polish-language decision.