Saturday, January 20, 2024

One more time. . .

So it would seem that Finnish prosecutors are going to get another go at Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola.  They have asked the country’s Supreme Court to hear a “hate speech” case for comments made about Christian teachings related to marriage and homosexuality.  Though the charges brought against member of Finnish Parliament Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola have been rejected twice — once by a lower district court and again by an appellate court  -- prosecutors are advancing their case to Finland’s highest court to fine the two and label their words hate speech.  “After my full exoneration in two courts, I’m not afraid of a hearing before the Supreme Court,” Räsänen said in a statement through her attorneys at the Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).  “Even though I am fully aware that every trial carries risks, an acquittal from the Supreme Court would set an even stronger positive precedent for everyone’s right to free speech and religion,” Räsänen added. “And if the court decided to overturn the lower courts’ acquittals, I am ready to defend freedom of speech and religion as far as the European Court of Human Rights, if necessary.”

If you do not know the story, Google it. My point is this.  It is impossible for the so-called enlightened elite of this world to allow Biblical words to stand unchallenged or to let the Scriptures avoid being labeled hate speech.  While this is certainly true in Finland, it is not only true there.  The forces of liberalism will not rest until they can silence the Word of God in public.  We are truly thankful for Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola and for the work of the legal team defending them but the reality is that this never was and never will be satisfied by a legal verdict.  There is no rest for the wicked.  They will use every means of intimidation in an attempt to silence the voice of God's Word no matter where that voice speaks and whose voice God uses to speak it.  This is the shape of the future by those who have proven to be the most intolerant of liberals and who use their progressivism in order to shut down any and all opposition.  Be ready, my friends, for the day is coming when the same tactics will be used here for the same purpose -- to silence the witness of the Truth.

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