Dorota Rabczewska, better known by her stage name Doda, was fined 5,000 zlotys (or $1,450) by a Warsaw court on Monday, as a result of some not-so-holy words she spoke about the Bible during a TV interview back in 2009. Doda had explained that she believed more in dinosaurs than the Bible because "it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes." Catholic groups had a conniption at the statement, and lodged complaints with the prosecutor's office.
Poland, the native country of the previous pope, John Paul II, is predominantly Catholic, with roughly ninety percent of the population belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. But the nation is growing increasingly secular, as symbolized by Doda's comments. At the time of Doda's statement, Ryszard Nowak, the chairman of a Polish Christian organization, had said:
"It is clear that Doda thinks that the Bible was written by drunkards and junkies. I believe that she committed a crime and offended the religious feelings of both Christians and Jews."
Under Polish blasphemy laws, Doda had faced either a two-year jail sentence or a hefty fine, so it looks like she got off easy.
The twenty-seven-year-old Doda is kind of a big deal in Poland, having been named among the ten most influential women in her country by Viva! magazine in 2011, and was featured on CNN as the tenth most famous Pole in history. She's kind of like a Polish Madonna, known for her willful antics and skin-baring outfits, and is also a member of Mensa International with an I.Q. of 156. Interestingly, Doda's case comes a few months after another Polish court exonerated her ex-boyfriend, death-metal performer Adam Darski, for tearing a Bible during a 2007 performance, deeming it an act of artistic expression. Those Polish courts sure do work fast.