Those Enlightened Europeans

Preaching God’s word can get you jail time in Europe:

A Swedish court has sentenced Ake Green, a pastor belonging to the Pentecostal movement, to a month in prison, under a law against incitement, after he was found guilty of having offended homosexuals in a sermon, according to Ecumenical News International.

Green had described homosexuality as ‘abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumor in the body of society’ in a 2003 sermon.

Soren Andersson, the president of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights, said on hearing Green’s jail sentence that religious freedom could never be used as a reason to offend people.

Is it offensive to preach that people are sinners in danger of eternal damnation unless they accept Jesus as lord and savior?

This is coming to North America. Canada has a similar law which recently went into effect, and I’d bet that we’ll see something similar, thinly disguised as “hate crime” legislation, in the U.S. inside of ten years.

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