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Swedish Preacher Acquitted of "Hate Crime"
BBC News
Sweden's Supreme Court has acquitted a Pentecostal pastor accused of inciting hatred against homosexuals. In a sermon two years ago, Pastor Ake Green told his congregation that homosexuality was a "deep cancer tumour" on society. He was convicted in 2004 under Sweden's hate crimes law. But on Tuesday the court upheld an appeals court verdict that Pastor Green's remarks did not constitute incitement to hatred. In a 16-page ruling, the Supreme Court said his sermon was protected by freedom of speech and religion. Mr. Green was the first cleric convicted under Sweden's new hate crimes law, which was amended two years ago to include homosexuals.

Article at BBC news

Homosexual Hate Crime Trial of Swedish Pastor Used as an Opportunity for Evangelization

LIFE SITE NEWS - By John-Henry Westen and Terry Vanderheyden - November 18, 2005 - Swedish Pastor Ake Green, appearing before the Swedish Supreme Court Wednesday to answer to a “hate crimes” charge for preaching a sermon on homosexuality in 2003, capitalized on the occasion to evangelize the nation.

Focus on the Family’s representative to the United Nations, Thomas Jacobson, reported that the trial was providentially aired on national television thus providing Green the opportunity to have not only his original sermon but also his defence of it aired nationally.  “This was unprecedented in Swedish history,” Jacobson said, “that a Supreme Court hearing would be aired nationwide in its entirety.”

“Everybody heard his original sermon first, then they heard him speak for 45 minutes later,” Jacobson said.  “Just like with the Apostle Paul, when he was arrested and sometimes imprisoned, (Pastor Green) had the opportunity to declare truth and declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ — and the compassion and forgiveness that are available — in unprecedented ways.”

The country is in dire need of evangelization on the matter. Jared N. Leland, Spokesman and Legal Counsel for The Becket Fund - an international, interfaith, public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions – wrote an article in defence of the pastor which was widely published in Sweden last year.  The Chalcedon Report quoted Leland on the reaction he received. “It got a very hostile response from Swedish newspaper columnists,” he said. “They all say, ‘You don’t understand our culture. This man should go to jail for two years — not six months!’”

On October 31, 2005, The Becket Fund filed its brief to educate the Court about Sweden’s obligation to respect religious exercise, religious expression, and equal protection of the laws -- rights that are secured by Articles 18, 19, and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Sweden is a signatory. See the brief here

Pastor Green was convicted of a hate crime and sentenced by a district court to one month in prison on June 20, 2004 for preaching a sermon in which he said, “What these people need, who live under the slavery of sexual immorality, is an abundant grace. It exists. Therefore we will encourage those who live in this manner to look at the grace of Jesus Christ. We cannot condemn these people. Jesus never belittled anyone. He offered them grace.” (read the full sermon here:

The Gota Court of Appeals overturned the conviction on February 11, 2005, but the prosecutor appealed the case to the Supreme Court. If found guilty, Pastor Green could face up to two years in prison.

Pastor Green said, “I think homosexuality and that lifestyle is abnormal and I want to be free to say that,” as part of his televised defence, according to BBC coverage. “My message is that men should live by the laws of creation, which means the normal family set-up with a woman, a man and children.” He also said he preferred jail to community service if convicted.

See also:
Swedish Pastor Before Supreme Court November 9 for "Hate Speech" in Sermon


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.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil
against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Mat 5:10-12  
Words of Jesus

Dear brother Green, many in the United States are praying for you.  May all the faithful believers in God and His Holy Word become bold to preach the truth and warn against the sin that is destroying many nations.  The biggest sin of all is that we have lost the fear of God.  To ignore God's word is to invite everlasting destruction and peril. 


 Farther Along

Tempted and tried we’re oft’ made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long
While there are others living about us
Never molested, though in the wrong

Farther along we’ll know more about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
We’ll understand it all by and by

When death has come and taken our loved ones
Leaving our homes so lonely and drear
Then do we wonder how others prosper
Living so wicked year after year

Farther along we’ll know more about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
We’ll understand it all by and by

Against the law to uphold God's holy Word.  Against the law to preach the message that we can be free from sin.  Any sin.  Against the law to preach one's conscience.  Who would believe that Sweden has stepped back in time to the dark ages where freedom of speech and freedom of religion was denied all except what the government chose to allow.  In these times we must agree to obey God rather than man. 

My first reaction to this news was one of great anger toward the nation of Sweden.  I thought that it would be one place I shall never visit.
Then I thought, that is how many fellow Christians are going to react.  This will make them hate gays rather than love their eternal souls.  It is hard at times to have compassion on those who persecute the innocent but I would remind us all that in the end we win.  Read the last two chapters of Revelations.  The gays and lesbians who die in sin along with the whole world who dies in sin, will suffer the fire of eternal hell.  We need to get out the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would believe.  We need to tell them that Jesus came not just to forgive sin but to deliver us from sin.  Jesus is the way the truth and the only way to God.  Jesus offers eternal life for all who come to Him repenting (turning away from) sin. 

Swedish court reviews 'hate' case

BBC NEWS - May 9, 2005 - Sweden's Supreme Court has said it will review the acquittal of a Pentecostal pastor who denounced homosexuality as "a deep cancer" in a sermon.

Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in June 2004 and given a 30-day suspended prison sentence.

But then an appeals court in February threw out the case, saying it was not illegal to offer an interpretation of the Bible and urge others to follow it.

Mr Green was the first priest convicted under Sweden's new hate crimes law.

Passed in 2003, the legislation covers attacks against homosexuals.

Sweden's chief prosecutor said that in his view, Mr Green's comments did amount to hate speech, and so he was seeking a review.

In a sermon, Mr Green told a congregation on the small south-eastern island of Oland that homosexuals were "a deep cancer tumour on all of society".

He warned that Sweden risked a natural disaster because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

"Homosexuality is something sick," Mr Green said, comparing it to paedophilia and bestiality.

He said gays were likely to rape children and animals.

The Supreme Court has not yet given any date for the new trial.


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