A member of Finland’s Parliament, Paivi Rasanen, is being investigated by police for crimes of hate speech directed toward an “ethnic group” after she posted a comment on Facebook on June 17 in which she referred to a scripture verse from Romans and stated, “We think that marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Her comment was in response to recent actions by Finland’s Lutheran Church supporting Gay Pride Month. Paivi raised the question, “How can the church’s doctrinal foundation, the Bible, be compatible with the lifting up of shame and sin as a subject of pride?”
The head of Finland’s Lutheran Church released a statement condemning her and saying same sex marriages are welcome in his church.
After learning about the police investigation, she expressed concern about how it might impact other Christians, stating, “I am worried that the police investigation has had a chilling effect among Christians. It seems that many Christians in my country are now hiding and going to the closet, now that the LGBT community has come out to the public.” She encouraged Christians to speak up and obey God rather than man.
Author: James Bailey
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