(RepublicanPeak.com)- High school drop-out Greta Thunberg will receive an honorary doctorate in Theology this summer, Fox News reported last Tuesday.
Theology professor Martti Nissinen from the University of Helsinki in Finland will confer an honorary doctoral degree on the 20-year-old Swedish “climate activist” on June 9.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Finland’s Freedom of Religion Act. As such, professor Nissinen wrote that the theme of this year’s faculty conferment ceremony would be freedom.
According to Nissinen, the theme extends beyond freedom of religion to encompass “human rights and the state of the world.”
The Swedish truant was among the eight honorary doctoral recipients chosen by the theology faculty this year. While most of the 2023 honorees are involved in the study of theology, Thunberg, along with two others, is not. The other two non-theology recipients are a professor emeritus of sociology and the co-director of the Center for Political Thought at Cambridge.
In an interview with Helsingin Sanomat, professor Nissinen said the theology faculty chose Greta Thunberg as a recipient of an honorary doctorate to declare that they seek to be “as bold and influential as she is.”
The news of Thunberg’s honorary doctorate came on the same day a Swedish court ruled that the class action lawsuit brought by Thunberg and hundreds of other climate activists against the Swedish government for its “insufficient climate policy” could proceed.
In November, the climate activists from the group Aurora sued Sweden arguing that it must do more to limit global warming if it is to adhere to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Last Tuesday, the Nacka District Court ruled that the lawsuit could proceed after Aurora made adjustments to its complaint.
The court gave the Swedish state three months to respond to the suit before the case goes to trial or is settled.