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Religious liberty battles spreading across Europe and beyond are sparking fears about if — or when — these same struggles could come to America.
(FaithWire) – In Finland, Päivi Räsänen, a member of parliament is one of the more prominent people on trial for her religious views.
“It was four years ago, in June 2019, when I posted a Twitter post and also to Facebook, and it was about the Pride event that was going on and that the main church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, decided to support it officially,” she recently told “The 700 Club.” “And it was a shock to me.”
In questioning the church’s support, Räsänen shared a Bible verse from the New Testament book of Romans about same-sex relationships and quickly found herself in a legal battle.
“Some citizen made a criminal complaint about this Twitter update, and then police started to investigate the case,” she said. “And after it came into public, then there became more and more criminal complaints about one radio program, and then there was an old pamphlet I had written [in] 2004 about marital and sexual issues.”
While unanimously acquitted of charges last year, prosecutors appealed Räsänen’s case, leading to a second trial. She’s now awaiting the verdict in that subsequent battle, and expects to be victorious.
“The maximum punishment is…