Comment: I wonder what kind of thoughts crossed some people’s minds when they heard that Christian Democrat Päivi Räsänen was going be appointed minister of the interior in charge of immigration affairs.
One of the matters that Räsänen is known for were her provocative opinions of homosexuality on TV talk show A-tuubi in October, where she defined homosexuality as a sin. As a result, her statements caused an exodus of a thousand people a week to abandon the Lutheran Church.
The BBC did a program on this unprecedented exodus in March.
Räsänen’s views on immigration have also caused some waves. One of these was her opinion that Finland should only take Christian refugees. She wrote the following in a blog on Uusi Suomi: “Our country’s culture, values and morals have been built around Christian ethics and we must not abandon them starting from our homes, day care centers and when bringing up children.”
Certainly naming a conservative like Räsänen to handle immigration affairs must be an answer to the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party’s anti-immigration rhetoric that went down so well with some voters in April.
It’s still too early to say how things will pan out with Räsänen, but her appointment doesn’t look good for promoting cultural diversity in Finland or for the acceptance of visible immigrants.
Tuleva sisäministeri Päivi Räsänen (kd) saa hoitaakseen maahanmuuttoasiat. Jyrki Kataisen (kok) ensimmäisessä hallituksessa ei ole edellisen hallituksen tapaan erillistä maahanmuuttoministeriä vaan nämä tehtävät siirtyvät sisäministerin hoidettavaksi.