Finnish MP who faced prison over Bible verse tweet says she would do it again
Finnish police interrogated Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Christian Democrats and a former minister to the interior for Finland, for the ‘crime’ of tweeting her biblical worldview back in 2019.
Räsänen tweeted a Bible verse in response to the participation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland in the LGBT+ Pride celebrations. She had to endure over 13 hours of interrogation; an oppressive trial on charges of provocation against a minority group and possible hate crime, and numerous lies spread by the media. Following a legal battle, supported by Christian legal organisation Alliance Defending Freedom, the District Court found her not guilty of all charges in 2022.
However, almost four years later, her second trial is due at the Finnish Court of Appeal in August 2023 after receiving a unanimous verdict at the District Court of Helsinki. Following the tweet, the police also investigated a pamphlet that she wrote for her church in 2004 titled ‘As Man and Woman He Created Them‘ about sexuality and marriage. Bishop Juhana Pohjola was also put on trial for publishing the pamphlet.