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A Lutheran bishop and a member of Parliament have been arrested and charged by Finnish authorities with hate speech for quoting Biblical teachings on marriage and sexuality.

The Rev. Juhana Pohjola, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland, and Paivi Rasanen, a Finnish member of parliament and medical doctor, were charged with “incitement to hatred against a group” for publishing and writing Male and Female He Created Them: Homosexual relationships challenge the Christian concept of humanity, which quotes Biblical teachings that marriage is between a man and a woman.


The charges effectively criminalize quoting the Bible.

Under Finnish speech laws they could face two years in prison for “incitement to hatred against a group,” despite the fact the book never advocated hatred and the authors explicitly reject discrimination or violence.

“As a Christian, I do not want to and cannot discriminate against or despise anyone created by God. Every human being, created by God and redeemed by Christ, is equally precious,” Pohjola

“This does not remove the fact that, according to the Bible and the Christian conception of man, homosexual relations are against the will of God, and marriage is intended only between a man and a woman. This is what the Christian church has always taught and will always teach,” said Pohjola.

Pohjola was initially interrogated for five hours by Helsinki police over text on his website quoting Biblical teachings about marriage.  When they declined to press charges, Finland’s prosecutor general intervened and charged Pohjola and Rasanen.

The arrests have been condemned by several members of Congress, who want Finland placed on a U.S. State Department watchlist of human rights violators.

“The Finnish government is currently prosecuting well-known Christians for publicly supporting long-standing Christian doctrine. The prosecutions of the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (ELMDF), the Rev. Dr. Juhana Pohjola, and Dr. Päivi Räsänen, a Member of Parliament, are specific examples of the Finnish government’s violation of freedom of religion,” reads a letter led by Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy.

“Citizens should never be forced to choose between a fundamental freedom- their faith- and legal persecution,” the letter continues. “We strongly condemn the actions of the Finnish government to persecute Christians for speaking their beliefs and urge USCIRF to take these actions into consideration when recommending which countries should be added to State Department’s Special Watch List, established under the International Freedom Act of 1998,” reads the letter.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Redwolf
Redwolf
2 months ago

The devil hates the truth and will do anything and everything he can to oppose and destroy it. And if he can’t destroy it then he uses his evil children the liberals to at least try to silence it.

MICHAEL
MICHAEL
2 months ago
Reply to  Redwolf

Amen. You are correct.

Murphmeister
Murphmeister
2 months ago

The Finns aren’t laughing about this, but of course, they don’t laugh about anything. Irish, they ain’t. Ooh, was that just hate speech?

Nannie
Nannie
2 months ago

The Finnish people must fight for their relwase