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Swedish Pastor to Stop Criticizing Gays

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – A Pentecostal pastor who denounced homosexuality as a “cancerous tumor ‘ in a sermon said Tuesday he would stop preaching against gays after Sweden’s highest court acquitted him of hate speech. The Supreme Court in Stockholm said Ake Green’s anti-gay sermon two years ago was protected by the freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights. The verdict ended a two-year legal battle that drew widespread attention in Sweden and abroad, pitting freedom of speech against the protection of minorities. “This is great for freedom of religion and speech,” Green, 64, told The Associated

Pastor Accused of Hate Speech Acquitted

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Sweden’s highest court on Tuesday acquitted a Pentecostal pastor accused of hate speech for having denounced homosexuality as a “cancerous tumor” in a sermon. Ake Green‘s contentious sermon in 2003 was protected by freedom of speech and religion under the European Convention on Human Rights, the Supreme Court said in a 16-page ruling. Green, 64, became the first clergyman convicted under Sweden’s hate crimes legislation, when a lower court found him guilty of inciting hatred against homosexuals. An appeals court overturned the ruling earlier this year, but Sweden’s chief prosecutor appealed the acquittal to the Supreme

Swedish court hears ‘hate’ case

A Swedish clergyman accused of inciting hatred against homosexuals has defended his comments in Sweden’s Supreme Court. In a sermon two years ago, Pentecostal pastor Ake Green told his congregation that homosexuality was a “deep cancer tumour” on society. Speaking in court, Mr Green said the comment referred to a homosexual lifestyle, rather than individuals. A conviction against him earlier this year was overturned, but Sweden’s chief prosecutor appealed against this. If found guilty by the Supreme Court, Mr Green could serve up to two years in jail. Mr Green was the first priest convicted under Sweden’s new hate crimes

Swedish court reviews ‘hate’ case

Sweden’s Supreme Court has said it will review the acquittal of a Pentecostal pastor who denounced homosexuality as “a deep cancer” in a sermon. Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in June 2004 and given a 30-day suspended prison sentence. But then an appeals court in February threw out the case, saying it was not illegal to offer an interpretation of the Bible and urge others to follow it. Mr Green was the first priest convicted under Sweden’s new hate crimes law. ‘Hate speech’ Passed in 2003, the legislation covers attacks against homosexuals. Sweden’s chief prosecutor said that in

Swedish pastor is acquitted on appeal

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — A Swedish pastor convicted of hate crimes for a sermon denouncing homosexuals as a “cancer” was acquitted Friday by an appeals court that said he was protected by the country’s free speech laws. The Goeta Appeals Court said that while Aake Green‘s views of gays can be “strongly questioned,” it was not illegal to offer a personal interpretation of the Bible and urge others to follow it. Aake Green’s sermon English transcript “The purpose of making agitation against gays punishable is not to prevent arguments or discussions about homosexuality, not in churches or in other parts

Swedish Appeals Court to Rule on Pastor

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – A Swedish pastor convicted of hate crimes after branding homosexuals a “cancer” in a sermon has won support for his appeal from clergymen and free speech advocates who see the case as a challenge to freedom of religion and expression. Aake Green, 63, was convicted last year for using inflammatory speech against homosexuals during a 2003 sermon in which he said gays were more likely than others to rape children and animals. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Aake Green’s sermon English transcript A court is set to rule Friday on Green’s appeal of the

Case Of Swedish Pastor Convicted Of Hate Speech Tests Limits Of Freedom

A Swedish pastor convicted of hate speech for a sermon denouncing homosexuality is appealing his sentence of a month in prison. Aake Green told an appeals court in southern Sweden that all he did was enlighten people on what the Bible says. RFE/RL reports that the case has divided Swedes about where the balance lies between tolerance and free expression. Prague, 21 January 2005 (RFE/RL) — Aake Green is the first minister in Sweden to be convicted for the content of a sermon. The country’s law forbidding hate speech against religious and ethnic groups is long-standing. The parliament, the Riksdag,

Swedish pastor appeals hate conviction

The Associated Press Thursday, January 20, 2005 http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/01/19/news/sweden.html STOCKHOLM – A Swedish pastor convicted of spreading hate by denouncing homosexuality in a sermon asked an appeals court Wednesday to overturn his conviction and the 30-day prison sentence he received. Aake Green, 63, was sentenced to a month in prison in June 2004 under the country’s hate crimes law after he cited Biblical scripture to condemn homosexuality during a church service, calling it “a deep cancer tumor on all of society” and warning that Sweden risked a natural disaster because of its tolerance for gays and lesbians. Aake Green’s sermon English