Finnish politician vows to stand by Bible despite plan to prosecute her

Thursday, May 6, 2021
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Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Paivi Rasanen (Finn politician)A prominent European politician is facing criminal charges and a multi-year prison sentence after she shared biblical views on marriage and human sexuality that criticized homosexuality.

Finnish politician Päivi Räsänen, a longtime Christian Democrats member of parliament, is charged with three counts of “ethnic agitation” for comments she has made about homosexuals, The Helsinki Times reported.

In one instance, Räsänen (pictured above) criticized her own Lutheran Church of Finland in a social media post after it sponsored a “Pride 2019” event. The other criminal counts come from a radio interview on the topic of “What did Jesus think about gays?” and from her quotes in a pamphlet that suggests homosexuality is a psychological disorder.

Räsänen, who once served as Interior Minister, is also a medical doctor.

The three charges, each carrying a maximum two-year jail sentence, were announced in April by the Office of the Prosecutor General after an investigation that dates back to 2019.  

In a statement, the Prosecutor General said the Christian politician's statements “violate the equality and dignity of homosexuals, so they transcend the boundaries of freedom of speech and religion.”

Räsänen is being represented by ADF International. According to ADF attorney Paul Coleman, the criminal charges are expected to come before a district court in the coming weeks.

“But from that point on,” he advises, “it could be a very long process.”

Coleman described the criminal case on the “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” radio show, where he said “hate crime” allegations in European courts can drag on for “years and years” in an attempt to harass the offending party and to hurt their reputation.

wedding rings on Bible 620x300Same-sex "marriage" was not legally recognized in Finland until 2017, when a citizens’ petition drive to stop a 2014 parliament vote was voted down.

Räsänen once served as chairperson of the Christian Democrats, which opposed the vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

As of now, the Finnish politician is not backing down from the prosecution’s plan to jail her.

“I cannot accept that voicing my religious beliefs could mean imprisonment,” Räsänen said in a statement. “I do not consider myself guilty of threatening, slandering or insulting anyone.”

She went on to point out that her views line up with the Bible’s teachings, and she vowed to defend her right to “confess my faith, so that no one else would be deprived of their right to freedom of religion and speech.”

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