While the rest of the world moves forwards towards gay rights, the Christian Democrats of Finland go the Putin way

Päivi Räsänen has a lot to say for herself. As a god fearing, christian woman, Minster of Interior for the Finnish government, and the official representative of the Christian Democrats, Her party managed to hold on to 6 seats, the lowest number amongst any Finnish political party.

Yet, as we read this, instead of wondering what might have made her party so unpopular that it was scraping the bottom of the election barrel for votes, She has decided to continue with her Anti gay rhetoric, with statements like, “the sanctity of marriage is between a man and a woman only”, and then stating, “Preventing social exclusion is a top priority”.

In todays times, countries like Canada, many states in US of A, Ireland amongst many others, are all progressing forwards, recognizing that homosexuality is a natural evolutionary trait that has nothing to do with social norms, diseases or psychological issues. These countries have carved into their history their willingness to respect human rights. Legalizing gay marriage separates the state form the church, and openly displays that the bond between two people cannot and should never be dictated by anyone else.

However, (I love this word), our dear friend Päivi, has decided to turn a blind eye to progress, and go backwards in league with Russian anti gay policies. Gays are being tortured, abused and prosecuted unfairly in many third world countries, from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran to Russia. Apparently Päivi wants to join them.

Now, Päivi loves using the Christian bible to make her points. Bible this, bible that. OK!! Here is a cease and desist from the bible itself. Read and weep!

1 Timothy 2:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

Not to mention she should have her head covered all the time, according to the bible. She should also be her husbands servant, amongst many other things. A little double standard, eh Päivi?

Facebook: The “True Finn” versus the Saami woman

Migrant Tales insight: What is this party that steals and hogs Finnish identity for itself and decides who is or isn’t a “true Finn?” They are called the Perussuomalaiset in Finnish, which means something like “basic” or “fundamental” Finn. After calling themselves True Finns in English they went for it all by calling themselves “the Finns Party.” 

Members of the PS say some pretty horrible things about migrants and minorities. One of these is MP Teuvo Hakkarainen in the picture. 

So who IS the True Finn?! 

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Photo credits.
1. Racist man who is ruining Finland’s international reputation – Wikipedia commons (http://upload.wikimedia.org/…/co…/3/3f/Teuvo_Hakkarainen.jpg)
2. Woman dressed in traditional Sami garments – Ellen Ripa (http://www.skandihome.com/ellen-ripa-interiors/)

This Facebook posting was reprinted by Migrant Tales with permission.

The new Finnish dream: Become a member of the PS and speak out against migrants, minorities and cultural diversity

Live by the sword die by the sword.

The saying found in the Gospel of Matthew, verse 26:52 is dedicated to Perussuomalaiset (PS)[1] chairman Timo Soini, who is also a devout catholic. This saying, live by the sword die by the sword, must haunt Soini. If I were him it would give me the creeps. 

Some are predicting gloomy days for the PS, even  the party’s implosion. The same anti-immigration rhetoric that made it into the second biggest party in parliament threatens to destroy it today.

The saying by Jesus quoted in the Bible says in pretty clear language that if you use violence, or other harsh means against other people, you can expect the same ending happening to you.

Everybody knows that the PS is hostile to migrants, minorities and to our ever-growing culturally diverse society. You don’t need to be a rocket sicentist to understand that.

The Finnish Dream

Meanwhile, blinded by media attention, power and money, one rapid way of becoming rich and famous in this country is to join the PS and become a populist with a clear anti-immigration message. You could even become a good cop like Soini by claiming that you’re against racism while supporting racism.

One way of attaining the new Finnish dream, like the USAmerican dream,  is membership in the PS, lots of imagination to make up and turn out urban tales about migrants and minorities faster than they are disproven. If you succeed you’ll become famous and well off.

Disagree?

The PS got last year 6.630 million euros in support from tax payers last year. That is a far cry from smaller parties like the Swedish People’s Party and Christian Democrats. In 2007, the PS were in the minor political leagues as the latter parties with only five MPs elected in 2007.

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Read full story (in Finnish) here.

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Marshall Niles: I’m saddened and worried about what is going down in Finland

Marshall Niles

I’m a little sad and very worried about what’s going down these past few weeks in Finland. I was born and brought up in India, moved to Canada 10 years ago at the age of 21, to access free healthcare because I was born with severe deafness in both ears.

I worked hard in Canada to make something out of myself and moved to Finland three years ago to be closer to the woman I love and who is a Finnish citizen. I moved to Finland because I was inspired by its natural beauty, the family orientated culture, respect for nature, human rights and the fact that Finland shone bright amongst its Nordic neighbors as being a friendly, warm and accepting of new cultures.


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What kind of a Finland are we building for newcomers like Marshall Niles and his family?

I started a business in design & photography in a little village called Juuka in the Eastern Finnish region of North Karelia, where the only other foreigner there is a Turk.

I’m not a Finnish citizen yet but one day I will apply for citizenship because I now have a beautiful young daughter who is the love of my life.

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Finland, the PS and their racist improvisations

What is wrong with Finland? Just because of 221,900 immigrants, which account for about 4% of the population, and since only about 8% of those live in Finland on humanitarian grounds, a party like the PS is on the warpath poisoning the air and soiling our good names. 

Their warpath, like the new government’s immigration policy, is a farce.

Racists who spread urban tales about migrants and minorities act in the way that racists have acted throughout the ages. Their ultimate aim is to destroy you. They do this by relegating us to second- or third-class members of  society.

Even some white Finnish seven-year-old children are taught this by their families.

I spoke to a teacher’s aid  recently who was telling a seven-year-old pupil that he had to do something. The pupil responded: “I don’t have to follow your orders because you are only a teacher’s aid and a foreigner.”

Where do children learn their racism? One breeding ground is the family.

Adults in parties like the PS spread intolerance with the help of urban tales like gang rape stories, which the police have warned are mostly made up.  Why do they make up such stories about people who want to live in peace and get on with their lives?

Because they are sick with hatred like part of the Finnish public that agrees with such politicians because they are just as racist as them.

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The police state that many gang rape cases are made up. Read full story (in Finnsh) here.

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UPDATE (May 15): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.

May 15

Brittilehti: Kreikka, varo “karhumaista” Timo Soinia! (Ilta-Sanomat)

What’s wrong with this story? The Finnish media has been criticized in the past for being toothless when it comes to covering immigration and cultural diversity news. We’ve all seen too many examples of how the national media parrots what politicians want them to publish. This latter situation is partly guaranteed by the fact that politicians require Finnish journalists to show them what is going to be published for example in an interview. Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat like Iltalehti are sad examples of shoddy and racist journalism. They have done a lot to spread urban tales and suspicion about migrants and minorities. If you disagree, check out what they wrote about the first Somali refugees that came to the country in the early 1990s. In the story below, which cites a Daily Telegraph story about Perussuomalaiset* leader Timo Soini, defends the leader of the populist party when the London daily claims that he is “fiercely anti-immigration.” For some strange reason the reporter has to point out that Soini denies that he is “fiercely anti-immigration.” Is it the job of the journalist to tell us his opinion about Soini or is it the reader who decides if the PS leader is or isn’t fiercely anti-immigration?

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Kati van der Hoeven-Lepistö: Change the world

”Change the world” funny, isn’t it? All this talk about changing the world for the better. This world is not in need of changing; this planet is amazing with the birds and the bees, apple trees, blooming roses, sunrise, sunset and the moon that lights up the night. This planet is one heck of a planet with an incredible nature it can support life in every single corner.

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Read full opinion piece here.

It even has intelligence and of course, it has us, human beings, each of us beautiful in our way. We are humans with a soul that allows us to love and create, with a spirit to live and be brave, with intelligence to make this world a better place for all. That is what we should be doing, improving the world. We are not here to create a paradise for our children; we are here to lay our brick so they can lay theirs and so on.

There is no doubt about it, life is a wonderful thing, and so are the living.

One of the main things we humans certainly have to improve on is our fear of all what is different. If we can manage doing that, we will take a huge step in improving this planet of ours. Can you imagine that? No discrimination in no way what so ever, no need for stupid fights or wars. No more barriers or borders. Everybody accepting and respecting others for what they are, what they like and what they believe in.

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