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10/05/2023 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – We wanted to share an update and express our gratitude for the nearly 1,000 of our supporters who quickly rallied together to sign ICC’s petition in support of Päivi Räsänen.

Räsänen, a Finnish Member of Parliament, faces charges for tweeting a Bible verse. Her case has led to a fascinating discussion on the role of religious freedom and free speech in the public square.

ICC President Jeff King has had the opportunity to interview her a few times and share the story from her own words. She explained that, if she were to be convicted, her case would be a tipping point of persecution for her nation. Receiving charges for simply tweeting a Bible verse, the message was clear: Keep your religious opinions out of the public square.

Her case has been a rollercoaster over the past four years and raises a number of questions about the importance of free speech. Her trial began on August 29, and at the time of writing this article, we are monitoring the case closely. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has been defending and working on Räsänen’s behalf.

Her ongoing legal battle has become a symbol of the delicate balance between religious freedom and free speech in modern society.

Facing charges for a simple act–tweeting a Bible verse–Räsänen’s case has captured international attention. For many, it raises concerns about the erosion of fundamental freedoms in a world that increasingly scrutinizes and, in some cases, penalizes religious expression.

Päivi Räsänen’s journey is not just her own; it serves as a reminder that the struggle for religious freedom and free speech is an ongoing battle that demands our attention and support.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from nearly 1,000 individuals who have stood with us in solidarity. We will continue to monitor the case closely and advocate for the principles that underpin a free and open society. As always, we will continue to keep you updated on this ongoing situation.

Visit International Christian Concern’s YouTube channel to watch the full interview with King and Räsänen.

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