Dragging an individual through a grueling criminal trial simply for expressing their religious beliefs is the opposite of what characterizes a free society.
Judges to give a verdict by November 30th. Prosecutors asked a 120-day fine for Räsänen and argued her interpretation and post of Bible verses was “criminal”.
Christians are against desecrating holy books, says Olof Edsinger, leader of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance. But “something is terribly wrong when totalitarian regimes are trying to force us to abandon our hard-won human rights”, he adds.
Pastor Vyacheslav Goncharenko of New Life Church will be detained for at least 10 days, as trial begins against congregation for spreading “extremist material”.
“In any democracy with a respect for religious freedom, all should be allowed to pray in the privacy of their own minds”, says the defence. Trial is set for November.
Minsk prosecutor's office accused New Life Pentecostal church of inciting political hatred. Authorities recently ordered to bulldoze the church building.
Dzmitry Dashkevich was re-arrested as he was ready to leave prison. He has not been able to meet his youngest child, born while he was awaiting trial.
An interview with Luis Rodríguez Pérez, who follows the fate of political prisoners in Cuba, two years after the pro-democracy protests. “A vast majority of Cubans have been in the opposition since they have the faculty to reason”.
Kristie Higgs encouraged people to challenge the government’s plans to introduce relationships and sex education to children in primary schools.
A Bible-believing Christian, David Mackereth was dismissed by the government. He hopes his legal battle will “encourage medics to speak out more on these issues”.
The government prevents Belarusians from complaining about the violations of their rights to the UN Human Rights Committee.
In Finland, the Christian Democrats are key to the negotiations for a new government. Päivi Räsänen (“thankful and happy” about her re-election) tells Evangelical Focus about the current socio-political moment.
Evangelical politician Marc Jost: “In a society in which we often talk to each other via the media, we need conversations with ideological opponents”.
The document launched by the government focuses on how religious expressions impact the relationships of co-workers.
A conversation with professional comedian Adam Yenser during his visit to Finland. He has worked for figures like Conan O'Brien and Ellen DeGeneres, and now hosts a podcast of the 'Babylon Bee'.
Several people were fined for quoting "Thou shalt not kill" publicly. Parliament passed a draft law to punish the spreading of “false information” about Russian army.
The protests helped reverse a 'foreign agent' law that would have had a negative impact on churches, say evangelicals in the Eastern European country.
The director of the March For Life UK was arrested again near an abortion facility, 3 weeks after being acquitted for the same incident.
Officials said that the charges “may well start again”. The defence claims that she is “in a significant legal unclarity and will seek clear verdict in court”.
The police says he promoted conversion therapies. “I will keep sharing my testimony, I don’t want others to be robbed of the biblical side of the story”.
An interview with Albanian evangelical pastor and philosopher Akil Pano, who is defending in court his right to express Christian views on family and marriage. “People are scared, trying to be polite and politically correct”.
Watch a 12-minute-long in-depth report made by the Finnish National Television (with English subtitles).
Watch this 12-minute-long in-depth report made by the Finnish National Television.
In 2021, a philosopher and evangelical pastor said in a TV debate the change would show “an unprecedented ethical selfishness” fruit of a “sick society”.
The US evangelist had rented the Hydro Arena, but the contract was cancelled after the pressure of LGBTQI groups and high profile politicians.