In Finland, a major free speech case has developed over the last couple of months. Former Minister of the Interior and Member of the Finnish Parliament Päivi Räsänen is facing four police investigations. Her alleged crime: She publicly voiced her deeply held beliefs.
The first police investigation focused on a tweet she posted on June 2019. Being the wife of a Finnish Lutheran pastor, she addressed the leadership of her church and questioned its official sponsorship of the LGBT event 'Pride 2019', accompanied by an image of a bible text. A lengthy police interview in November 2019 followed.
On 2 March, Räsänen, was summoned a second time. She wrote a pamphlet over 16 years ago on human sexuality for a Christian foundation. For this publication, the police interrogated her again for several hours. On 5 March, she was informed that she will face two additional investigations, an interview on a television program in 2018 regarding her personal beliefs on marriage and sexuality, and a conversation on a radio show in 2019, where she was asked about “What would Jesus think about homosexuals?”
Päivi Räsänen has served as a member of the Finnish Parliament since 1995, was chair of the Christian Democrat Party from 2004-2015, and was Minister of the Interior from 2011-2015. She is a medical doctor, mother of five children and has six grandchildren.