Finland: win for freedom of religion

Iain Taylor  |  World
Date posted:  1 Dec 2023
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Finland: win for freedom of religion

Finnish MP Paivi Rasanen

Finnish MP Paivi Rasanen and Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola have been acquitted by the Finland Court of Appeal. They were accused of ‘hate speech’ and violating the nation’s statute against ‘War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity’ by sharing Bible verses and traditional Christian teaching about sexuality. Had they been found guilty they could have been sentenced to up to two years in prison.

Outside the Court Paivi said ‘I am relieved, happy and grateful to God and to all those who have supported me through this stage of my life. The decision was in line with my expectations – I never doubted for a moment that I committed any offence in my writings and statements.

‘This ruling is an important step forward for the freedom of religion of Bible-believing Christians, but also for freedom of expression more broadly. I have considered it a privilege and an honour to defend freedom of expression, which is an absolutely fundamental right in a democratic state’.

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