Update From Finland: Good News!

Paivi Rasanen: Finnish MP in Bible hate speech trial - BBC News

Paivi Rasanen

A Finnish court has thrown out all “hate speech” charges against Parliament member Paivi Rasanen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola (https://www.wnd.com/2022/03/verdict-lawmaker-accused-crime-sharing-bible-verse/).

Their “hate” consisted of citing Bible verses on marriage and sexuality–in a pamphlet written 18 (!) years ago, a 2019 talk radio broadcast (What kind of “talk radio” do you have if the guest isn’t allowed to say what she thinks?), and some social media posts.

See “The New Iron Curtain” (https://leeduigon.com/2022/02/17/the-new-iron-curtain/).

The court dismissed all charges. Had the prosecution had its way, the defendants could have had two-year prison (!) sentences, plus fines. And this in a country that calls itself “free.”

But do we have to say “May I?” from now on, whenever we wish to quote a Bible verse?

Remember Peter and John, and how they answered when the Temple authorities forbade them to preach Jesus: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). God’s authority is greater than any worldly court’s or government’s.

We rejoice that there are still Christians in Finland who know that.


8 comments on “Update From Finland: Good News!

  1. Yes! Good news for sure! Not that God’s Word needs the approval of man at all but it’s to see that the court is seeing the foolishness of tha accusations.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. We are constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech, and while I hope that people choose their words carefully and not to incite divisions among people, but to use the term “hate speech” opens a can of worms.

    2. Last I heard, hate was a natural human emotion possessed by everyone, more or less. What they wish to outlaw is humanity itself.

  2. Unfortunately, the “hate speech” statute remains in place, so other people — those who don’t have the resources or public visibility of an MP to fight it — are still in danger from it.

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