Finnish Prosecutor Fights Bible Trial Verdict
Finnish Prosecutor Fights Bible Trial Verdict
Although the Finnish Bible trial ended with a favorable verdict, the prosecutor of the case says she will appeal the court’s acquittal.
From Fox News. At the end of March, a Finnish criminal court delivered a unanimous decision of “not guilty” in what has become widely known as the “Bible Trial.” The court found Christian member of Parliament and grandmother Päivi Räsänen and Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola not guilty of “hate speech,” striking a major blow against an increasingly aggressive secular worldview and a win for the very foundational values of Western Civilization – freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
At least, for now. Last week, the Finnish prosecutor announced she would appeal Räsänen and Pohjola’s acquittal….
The Finnish general prosecutor has accused Räsänen of three counts of “ethnic agitation”: the first for a tweet directed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church for their sponsorship of Helsinki Pride 2019 and containing a picture of a Bible quote, the second based on a 2019 radio debate, and the third for a 17-year-old pamphlet describing her Christian views on marriage and sexuality.
The prosecutor charged the bishop with “hate speech” merely for publishing the “controversial” booklet online. The court threw out each of these charges, again unanimously….
The court should be applauded; they got it right. The prosecution brought a frivolous case to the court and sought a decision that would have had a disastrous impact on both free speech and freedom of religion in Finland and across the West….
But this isn’t over yet.
The prosecutor’s decision to appeal the case is not only absurd. It paints a clear picture of what is to come for people of faith if the West continues barreling down a path that is increasingly hostile to free speech and, especially evident in this case, Christian belief….
When the curtain is pulled back, the anti-free speech and anti-religious ideology simply cannot win on the merits of the arguments. The purpose of politicized prosecutions like this one, win or lose, is to chill free speech and scare religious expression out of the public square….
We call on all people of goodwill to join us in praying for Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Pohjola and stand with us all in defense of our cherished fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
On hearing the verdict of “not guilty,” Päivi Räsänen said that it had been “a privilege” and “joy” to “speak about the Gospel,” even as the investigations and trial have proved difficult….
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(Excerpt from Fox News. Photo Credit: Canva)
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We pray that the Christians and true Christian church in Finland would explain that God’s view of safe biblical sex is designed for the strengthening and continuation of the human family. No other options achieve this goal. His love of people and our children stand on this vitalFoundation.
I am here to say that Almighty Gods Word is true and real. Pray that it will continue on until the end of time in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen🙏🙏🙏🙏
“Are you impugning my justice? Putting me in the wrong to prove yourself right?
“Come on, deck yourself with majesty and dignity, robe yourself in glory and splendor.”
“If you do this, then I will confess to you that your own power can save you.”
Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore He rises to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. Blessed are all who wait for Him.
Matthew 4:10 “Away from Me, Satan!” Jesus declared. “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'”
Raija Toiviainen- Prosecutor General of Finland; the supreme prosecutor and head of the National Prosecution authority
Dear Heavenly Father, You know Raija Toiviainen. You know what is influencing her appeal. She continues to impugn Your justice. She is trying to put not only the Finnish Criminal Court in the wrong but ultimately You, God of Justice. I pray You will show Yourself to her in Your majesty and dignity, robed in glory and splendor. And I pray You will show Raija Toiviainen compassion leading her to Godly sorrow. I pray she will praise You before all of Finland and the world. May she say, “Away from me, Satan!” and worship You only. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ who is coming to judge the world. Amen
Dear Sweet Susan,
I always read and love your tender heart for those who need to repent–which is evident in your prayers. May YHWH bless the prayers which spring forth from such a loving heart! Let us praise Him for this victory and may He strengthen the weary hands and knees of those who fought this battle for the GLORY of His Name!
Thank for this truthful and powerful prayer. Jesus is Lord.