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Finnish Minister Charged With ‘Hate Crimes’ For Citing Bible Verse Acquitted in Landmark Ruling

Hurting gay people’s feelings isn’t yet a crime.

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A Helsinki court has dismissed all “hate speech” charges against former Finnish minister Päivi Räsänen, ruling that her citation of Bible verses which described homosexuality as “shameful” and “unnatural” is part of religious free speech.

Prosecutors had claimed that Päivi Räsänen’s remarks were illegal because they represented an “affront to the equality and dignity of homosexuals.”

However, at least according to the law as it stands, hurting gay people’s feelings isn’t yet a crime.

Räsänen, an MP for Finland’s Christian Democrats party, posted comments criticizing the Finnish Lutheran Church for associating itself with LGBT activist causes.

Accusing the church of “elevating shame and sin to a point of pride,” Räsänen included an image of a Bible verse which denounced gay lifestyles as “shameful” and “unnatural.”

The former minister was subjected to hours of police interrogation over her beliefs and subsequently charged.

However, she avoided potential prison time after being acquitted in what had been seen as a major international litmus test for free speech.

The court unanimously declared that it “was not the district court’s duty to interpret biblical terms” and that “there must be an overriding social reason for interfering with and restricting freedom of expression.”

Räsänen was simply attempting to “defend the concept of family and marriage between man and woman,” the court ruled, ordering the Finnish state to cover the cost of her €60,000 legal defense costs.

“I am very thankful that the court acknowledged the threat to freedom of speech and ruled in our favor. I feel as if a burden has been taken off my shoulder. Although I am grateful for the opportunity to defend freedom of speech, I hope that this ruling will help others avoid going through the same trial,” Räsänen said after the verdict.

As we highlighted last year, a Christian pastor in the UK was arrested by police on the streets of London after a member of the public reported him for the “homophobic” comment of saying that marriage was between a man and a woman.

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Surfing Icon Says She’ll Boycott Professional Tour Over Transgender Competitors

Says hormone levels alone don’t determine what a woman is.

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American surfing icon Bethany Hamilton has vowed to boycott the professional tour over a rule change that allows biological males who identify as women to compete against female surfers.

Hamilton took the stance after the World Surf League (WSL) announced it would comply with the policies of the International Surfing Association (ISA) when it comes to transgender surfers.

Athletes born men can compete in female divisions if they maintain a testosterone level less than five nmol/L (nanomoles per litre) for 12 months.

WSL chief Jessi Miley-Dyer said the policy was important in order to “balance equity and fairness.”

However, Hamilton took to Instagram to complain that testosterone levels alone don’t determined what a woman is.

“Is a hormone level an honest and accurate depiction that someone indeed is a male or female? Is it as simple as this?” she asked.

Hamilton speaking out on the issue is a big deal because of her high profile and success in the sport. She has been featured in a number of television specials and documentaries after losing her arm to a shark attack when she was a child and overcoming it to compete at the highest level.

“I personally won’t be competing in or supporting the World Surf League if this rule remains,” said Hamilton, adding, “This concerns me as a professional athlete who has been competing for the last 15-plus years.”

The surfer said she decided to go public in order to “stand up and speak up for those in a position that may feel they can’t say something about this.”

“I think many of the girls who are on tour are not in support of this new rule, and they fear being ostracised if they speak up,” said Hamilton.

She also noted how sports where similar policies were introduced, such as swimming, running, and MMA, were being dominated by biological men identifying as transgender.

“Who is pushing for this huge change? Does this better the sport of surfing? Is this better for the women in surfing? If so, how?” she demanded to know.

Hamilton argued that a new division should be created solely for transgender athletes in order to protect the female division.

“I think it’s really hard to imagine what the future of women’s surfing will be like in 15-20 years down the road if we move forward allowing this major change,” she concluded.

As we highlighted last year, swimming’s world governing body slapped a total ban on transgender athletes that have gone through any form of male puberty from taking part in women’s competitions.

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Update To “Sims” Video Game Features Teen Trans Characters With Chestbinders, Breast Removal Scars

“A step in the direction of a more inclusive experience for Simmers.”

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A new update to the popular “Sims” video game, where the player controls communities of simulated characters, now features transgender characters replete with chest binders and scars from having their breasts surgically removed.

The Update was recently announced by EA Games:

The game, which is aimed at children from age 12, also enables players to place ‘packing’ or ‘tucking’ underwear’ on their sims, garments that give or hide the appearance of male genitalia.

Rebel News editor Ian Miles Cheong notes:

The “Create a Sim” character creator now has a “Top Surgery Scar” subcategory, which can be added to male Sims characters aged Teen or older. Furthermore, chest binders can be found under the “Tanks” subcategory in the “Tops” section, while “tucking underwear” can be situated under “Bottoms” in the “underwear” subcategory.

In a statement, “The Sims 4” producer John Faciane called the update “a step in the direction of a more inclusive experience for Simmers.” 

It’s just a simulation though right?

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    Leftists Triggered By Old Mister Rogers ‘Boys Are Boys, Girls Are Girls’ Clips

    “If you were born a boy, you stay a boy”

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    Old clips of Mister Rogers, a children’s TV show from the 1980s, have gone viral on social media after leftists were triggered by the character in the show singing a song about ‘boys being boys and girls being girls’.

    Fred Rogers, who hosted Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for decades, is seen in the footage singing a song explaining to children that there are two genders, that boys and girls are different, but that everyone is equal.

    “Boys are boys from the beginning, girls are girls right from the start. Everybody’s fancy, Everybody’s fine. Your body’s fancy and so is mine,” Rogers sings.

    Further stanzas of the song include the assertions “If you were born a boy, you stay a boy,” and “Only girls grow up to be the mommies, only boys can be the daddies.”

    The message was considered entirely wholesome, even up until the show aired its last episode in 2001, yet now in our 2023 reality the message is being labelled triggering and upsetting.

    In an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Rogers expanded on the meaning of the song, explaining to some laughter in the audience that it is an important societal responsibility to define gender roles to children:

    Of course, in a world of “gender-based care,” (puberty blockers and child genital mutilation surgery) this little ditty is now ‘offensive’:

    To the majority though, it’s merely a reminder that at some point we moved into living in a make believe fantasy world.

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