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Disturbing Criminalization of Christianity Underway Overseas: Is It Coming to America Next?

Billy Hallowell : Sep 11, 2023  Faithwire.com

"They informed me that they considered that my praying for my deceased son was a breach of the PSPO, that it was an act of disapproval of abortion. Although I wasn't manifesting that prayer in any way and if I hadn't told them they would have had no way of knowing what I was praying about ... it was a silent prayer in my mind." -UK Army veteran Adam Smith-Connor, who was questioned by officers for silently praying outside of a clinic for his own son who had been aborted

[Faithwire.com] Religious liberty battles spreading across Europe and beyond are sparking fears about if—or when—these same struggles could come to America. (Image: Pixabay)

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 two years jail or fine," she said. "But, of course, in Finland ... in our constitution, we have the freedom of speech and freedom of religion."

Click Here and Scroll to Watch Räsänen and others share their disturbing stories of Christian persecution

Unfortunately, this struggle goes beyond Finland.

On the Mediterranean island of Malta, Matthew Grech, an ex-LGBT activist, also faces potential prison time after sharing his testimony of leaving a gay lifestyle to follow Christ... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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