Lutheran bishops have decried the “egregious” actions of Finland in prosecuting a Christian politician over her views on sexuality and marriage.
Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and former Minister of the Interior, has been charged with hate speech against homosexuals.
The charge is in connection to her views on sexuality expressed on social media, a talk show, and in a 2004 booklet called “Male and Female He Created Them.”
If found guilty, she faces up to six years in prison.
The decision to prosecute has been condemned by the International Lutheran Council (ILC), who called it outrageous and unfair.