Friday, February 11, 2005

PASTOR ACQUITTED - Hate charges set aside!

From the Las Vegas Sun ...

Swedish pastor Aake Green, convicted of hate crimes for a sermon denouncing homosexuals as a "cancer," was acquitted by an appeals court Friday. The court said he had protection under the country's free speech laws.

The Goeta Appeals Court said that while Aake Green's views of gays can be "strongly questioned," it was not illegal to offer a personal interpretation of the Bible and urge others to follow it. "The purpose of making agitation against gays punishable is not to prevent arguments or discussions about homosexuality, not in churches or in other parts of society," the court said.

Green, 63, was the first clergyman convicted under Sweden's tough hate crimes laws, which make it a crime to make inflammatory remarks against racial, religious or national groups. The laws were ratified in 2003 to include homosexuals.

The bold quote of the Swedish court should be e-mailed to every justice at every level of every court in America, for it says what our laws also say. Canada - are you listening?

Thank you Lord, for Your continuing grace and mercy in our lives.

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