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FINNISH CHRISTIAN MP UNDER HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION FOR QUOTING SCRIPTURE

A Christian Finnish MP is under investigation for criticising the Church for being an official partner of Helsinki Pride.  Democratic MP Paivi Rasanen criticised the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland’s (ELCF) participation in the Helsinki LGBT Pride events on social media.  The ELCF is a national denomination with nearly 3.8 million members.  Rasanen shared Romans 1:24-27 from the New Testament on Facebook, which describes same sex relationships as ‘shameful’.  In her post she challenged the decision by the ELCF to support the LGBT event saying:  “How can the church’s doctrinal foundation, the Bible, be compatible with the lifting up of shame and sin as a subject of pride?”

An investigation has been launched against Rasanen by Finnish Police on suspected incitement against sexual and gender minorities.  The politician’s conservative views on abortion, euthanasia and marriage have sparked controversy in the past when she expressed her traditional views in a TV debate on marriage in 2010.  Tens of thousands of Christians are thought to have left the ELCF, as a result of her participation in that on-screen debate.  Rasanen’s minority party, the Christian Democrats, currently hold 5 seats in the 200-seat Finnish Parliament.

Source: Premier News Service