In Finland, a member of parliament, Päivi Räsänen, is facing criminal charges. Her offense? Tweeting a Scripture verse (Romans 1:24-27) that reinforces biblical belief about sexuality.
In addition, Finnish officials went back almost two decades and found two more instances of Päivi discussing biblical beliefs about sexuality in an interview and a booklet and have charged her with “hate speech.”
That’s right: In Finland, the Bible is now regarded as “hate speech.” While we may not quite be at this point of outright persecution here in America, we must continually be on high alert and use our constitutional rights to guard our religious freedom. As believers, we also must pray for those all over the world who are being persecuted for their faith.
Join the thousands of believers who have already signed our Pledge to Pray for Päivi Räsänen. Our goal is to collect as many pledges as possible by Tuesday, February 8. FRC’s Special Advisor for Religious Freedom, Pastor Andrew Brunson -- who we prayed for when he was on trial in Turkey -- will then deliver the prayer pledge with the names of all who signed it to Päivi personally before the final trial date.