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Sunday, January 09, 2005

"This Harms Christianity"

Free speech is one thing, but when you spout incredible and incendiary hate speech you might want to make sure those you claim as inspiration are behind you.

Pastor Disowns U.S. Hate Site


...Åke Green, a pastor in Borgholm on Öland, Sweden, is currently appealing a ruling by a court in Kalmar, which sentenced him to one month in prison under Swedish hate crimes legislation. Green had been prosecuted for using a number of anti-gay Bible passages in a sermon.

The court¹s ruling has made some evangelical Christians view Green as a martyr -- and Sweden as a pariah land. The web site godhatessweden.com, owned by the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas (Editor's note: surprise, surprise), intersperses praise for Åke Green with comments on the tsunami such as ³we pray for all 20,000 Swedes in the tsunami¹s wake to be declared dead.²

The Westboro Baptist Church set up its anti-Sweden site following Green¹s conviction last June. The site calls Sweden ³perverted, irreversibly cursed of God and damned.²

Green has told of his distress that the web site is using his name in this way:

³I think it is appalling that people say things like that,² he said. ³It is extremely unpleasant.²

Green said that he has contacted newspapers in the United States to distance himself from the comments on the web site. He added that he is surprised that authorities in the United States have not intervened. ³This harms Christianity,² he said. -- James Savage

Read the entire article here --> http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=818&date=20050107

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