Finnish Christian Right Brings UPF to Parliament

The Baltic Review reports on a couple of UPF events at the Parliament of Finland:

…both events were organized by the Ambassador for Peace, Parliament Member and Lutheran pastor, Lauri Oinonen.

In the conference, the UPF had several presenters among the panellists, one from the Ministry of Education (Secretary General of Council of Youth Affairs), an Imam from Muslim faith, a representative from the Mormon church (Head of education dept.) and a panellist representing the UPF.

And at the second event

…There were about 90 people attended including Emeritus Bishop of Lutheran Church, Chairman of Jews Community in Finland, Chairman of Baptist Church of Finland, diplomats from various nations, members of ethnic groups, NGOs and women leaders.

We’re told that:

Finnish ministry of education is actively working out ways in order to support multicultural families to integrate smoothly into the Finnish society. The concept of “One Family under God” was introduced as a solution.

That was reported on 13 May.

Lauri Oinonen is a prominent Christian Right leader in Finland; a few days ago he was in the news for suggesting that allowing a gay or lesbian person to adopt the natural child of his or her partner might lead to the acceptance of bestiality. This is par for the course; a 2006 essay by Charles Silverstein in the book Ex-Gay Research tells us that Oinonen opposed civil unions for homosexuals  in 2001 on the following lines (p. 266, link added):

One of the main parliamentary religious opponents was Lauri Oinonen…He came out of Helsinki’s Parliament House to formally greet a self-proclaimed American prophet, Shirley Arnold, who then preached on Parliament’s steps…Oinonen said he regretted that some MP’s were now defending the registration of homosexuals when registration should have been enacted over ten years ago earlier to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The UPF’s founder, of course, holds eliminationist views on gays, who do not figure in the “One Family Under God” vision:

Gays will be eliminated, the three Israels will unite. If not then they will be burned. We do not know what kind of world God will bring but this is what happens. It will be greater than the communist purge but at God’s orders.