A Christian politician from Finland was recently interrogated at police headquarters in a hate speech investigation for sharing a Bible passage on social media. Paivi Rasanen is a member of the Finnish Parliament, and she’s under investigation for committing a so-called hate crime after she posted a Bible verse aimed at Finland’s state church for promoting the homosexual lifestyle. “In my tweet, I directly cited Romans first chapter and verses 24 to 27 and posted the picture of the passages from the Bible,” she said. That passage condemns homosexual relations. She said her purpose was to wake up the church in Finland.
“And when praying, I got convinced that it is not my time now to jump out of the sinking boat as a parable of the church, but to try to wake up the sleeping ones in the church in that boat. And that’s why I decided to write to social media,” Rasanen said. Leif Nummela, editor of a Christian newspaper called Uusitie and a TV host in Finland, told us he was very surprised to hear Rasanen was under investigation. “I thought that this couldn’t happen, it was unbelievable. It was a real surprise. And the first thought was, are they really going this far?” he said. If convicted, Rasanen could face a fine or even jail time.
But it’s the precedent from this case that could affect every believer in Finland. “I’m worried that this case, the criminal investigation, might frighten some Christians to hide and to keep silent,” she said. Finland’s attorney general has now opened a second investigation concerning a 24 page pamphlet that Paivi wrote 15 years ago about Biblical Christian marriage, called “Man and woman He created them”. A bishop in Finland’s state Lutheran church that while he found this new charge against Rasanen “worrying”, he said, “I regard the writings of Paivi Rasanen wrong, harmful and contrary to Christian charity.”