Persecution of Non-Muslims (Finland)

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Note that the persecution of apostates and the persecution of homosexuals are covered in separate pages

Arson attack on work by Swedish "Muhammad" cartoonist

A work by the controversial artist Lars Vilks has suffered an arson attack in Ii, in Finland during the mid-summer, reports the newspaper Kaleva.

Business leader of the arts center Kulttuurikauppila, Leena Vuotovesi, told STT that the artwork did not receive serious damage A couple of planks in the eight-meter high tower “brädkonstruktionen” in Ii, was blackened by the flames. The work will be repaired during the week.

The case has been reported to the police. Vuotovesi says that the artwork will now be monitored with cameras.

Vilks, whose works has attracted large numbers of visitors to Ii, Finland, in Northern Ostrobothnia.

Priest calls a Muslim terrorist a "terrorist" and recieves threats of him and his family being beheaded, may be defrocked, and faces prosecution for "hate speech". Considers moving out of PC Finland to "more liberal" Russia

A priest in Finland faces being defrocked after describing one of the world’s most-wanted criminals as a ‘terrorist’. He was referring to Doku Umarov – the man behind the Moscow metro and airport bombings, among other crimes.

He received death threats and when he reported them to police, he was prosecuted for hate speech crimes. He is now considering moving to Russia because he believes it there is more liberty there than in politically correct Finland.

Christian man and family who fled Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy by a Muslim cleric have their asylum application denied by immigration authorities

“Clive Trevor, who fled his native Pakistan with his family after he was accused of blasphemy by a Muslim cleric, is praying that Finland will give him sanctuary.

After months in hiding in fear of arrest or death at the hands of radical Muslims, he and his family were able to make their way to Finland in 2008 and hoped to be able to remain there.

But now he, his wife Tasneem Trevor, daughter Elina Trevor and son Kevin Trevor are awaiting a higher court’s decision on his asylum application — which has been denied by immigration authorities ... ”

Church located opposite an Islamic center becomes a target of long-term vandalism. Windows of premises defaced with eggs, painted with "Allahu Akbar", (Aug 20) "Jesus is a Muslim" and (Aug 25) "Islam is the answer"

The premises of the Helsinki, The Living Word church has been the target of long-term vandalism. The windows of the church’s assembly have been repeatedly defaced with texts idealizing Islam.

The public spaces of the Helsinki Living Word Church has been vandalized during August, at least three times. The windows of the church premises are painted with slogans glorifying Islam and criticizing Western culture and values. The incident was first reported on

The Living Word Church is located in Eastern Pasila, right next to the Helsinki Islamic center.

The messages left by the vandals read among other things: (Aug 9)”Alluha Akbar” [Allah is great], (Aug 20) “Jesus is a Muslim” and (Aug 25)”Islam is the answer”. Earlier this summer, the church windows were defaced with eggs.

Presently there’s no information on the background of those responsible.

Living Word is an independent, nonpartisan charismatic Pentecostal Christian denomination, the church, which was founded in 1983. The church has about three hundred members. Its members include a number of ethnic groups.