by Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, The Conservative Woman:
ITH a population of just over five and a half million, 3,848,191 Finns are registered Christians. This does not mean that they are practising Christians or attend church, merely that they are willing to pay about one or two per cent of their income as church tax, depending on their location. It does, however, indicate that they have a form of respect for the institution of the church and agree to support it.
In the midst of this Christianity-as-folk-religion, Finnish police have started an investigation against a member of parliament for quoting the Bible whilst criticising the stance of the state church.
Finnish politician Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Christian Democrats party and a former Minister of the Interior, has criticised her own Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. A pro-life advocate and doctor by training, she was distressed by the denomination’s endorsement of the Helsinki Pride events. She contended that the church was going against biblical principles.
‘I was shocked that the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, of which I am a member, announced its official affiliation to Helsinki LGBT Pride 2019,’ she said.
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