'Hate speech' anti-gay pastor acquitted

Sweden’s highest court today acquitted a Pentecostal pastor accused of hate speech for having denounced homosexuality as a “cancerous tumour” in a sermon.

Sweden’s highest court today acquitted a Pentecostal pastor accused of hate speech for having denounced homosexuality as a “cancerous tumour” in a sermon.

Ake Green’s contentious sermon in 2003 was protected by the freedom of speech and religion, the Supreme Court in Stockholm said in a 16-page ruling.

Green, 64, delivered a fiery anti-gay sermon two years ago that triggered a legal battle testing the limits of Sweden’s freedom of speech.

He was convicted by a lower court, but acquitted on appeal. Prosecutors had appealed against the appeals court decision to the Supreme Court for a final ruling in the case.

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