The Finnish Prosecutor General on Thursday ordered two new criminal investigations into Päivi Räsänen over comments she made to journalists.
The investigations relate to the Christian Democrat MP’s discussion around the Bible, Jesus, sin and grace on a programme hosted by Maria Veitola on MTV3 in Feburary 2018, and a radio discussion with journalist Ruben Stiller called “What Would Jesus Think About Gays”, which aired in December 2019.
During both programmes, she reiterated her views on sexuality, which are contained in a 2004 pamphlet she wrote called “Male and Female He Created Them”.
Räsänen is already being investigated over the contents of the pamphlet, as well as a tweet she posted last June in which she directly quoted Romans 1:24-27. The authorities have already decided to prosecute over the tweet.
In a statement in Finnish, Räsänen said she has now twice been interviewed by the police in Pasila, Helsinki, over her talk show appearances and that she is awaiting two further interrogations.
She said that the police concluded no crime had been committed and that it was the Prosecutor General who has ordered the pre-trial investigations.
“I find the situation incomprehensible and completely absurd,” she said.