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British Pastor to Be Prosecuted for ‘Hate Crime’ of Calling Islam ‘Satanic,’ ‘Heathen’ During Sermon

26 Jun

Pastor to Be Prosecuted for ‘Hate Crime’ of Calling Islam ‘Satanic,’ ‘Heathen’ During Sermon.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — A pastor in Northern Ireland will be prosecuted with a hate crime for denouncing the Islamic religion during a Sunday sermon last year.

As previously reported, James McConnell, 78, pastor of the Whitewell Metropolitan Church in North Belfast, discussed Islam during an evening sermon in May 2014. During the message, McConnell denounced the religion and said that the contrast between it and Christianity is stark.

“The God we worship and serve this evening is not Allah,” he proclaimed, according to a video of the sermon. “The Muslim god—Allah—is a heathen deity. Allah is a cruel deity. Allah is a demon deity.”

McConnell then criticized the “foolish” British government for attempting to appease Muslims financially, saying that Islam is “Satanic” and “a doctrine spawned in Hell.” He also noted that Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith by the “fanatical worshipers” of Allah.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, McConnell’s remarks were inspired by the plight of Meriam Ibrahim—a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to hang after she was convicted of apostasy for refusing to deny her faith and convert to Islam.

But following McConnell’s sermon, the Police Service of Northern Ireland investigated the preacher for allegations of a hate crime. Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described the preacher’s comments as “hate mongering” and said the anti-Muslim statements “must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”

John McCreedy, assistant pastor at Whitewell Metropolitan Church, also soon resigned from his position because McConnell would not retract his statements. McConnell apologized for any offense he may have caused, but would not recant his sentiments.

“I spent many days trying to sort this, without success, and I could not continue after the pastor’s initial remarks were not withdrawn,” McCreedy told the Belfast Telegraph.

“The theological arguments presented by the pastor are a contradiction to my own beliefs—religious, political and moral—in relation to New Testament evangelism,” he continued. “Neither are they the views of many others I have spoken to at Whitewell, who have for years reached out to others from every ethnic background and denomination.”

Now, because McConnell refused a lesser punishment by the government following police questioning, prosecutors have decided to move the matter forward in court. The hate crimes charge appears to be related to the sermon being streamed online.

“I can confirm that following consideration of a complaint in relation to an internet broadcast of a sermon in May 2014, a decision was taken to offer an individual an informed warning for an offence contrary to the Communications Act 2003,” a spokesperson for the Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service told the publication Premier.

“That offence was one of sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive,” he continued. “The offer of an informed warning was refused by the defendant and accordingly the matter is now proceeding by way of a summary prosecution in the Magistrates Court.”

It is not yet known when McConnell’s trial will begin.

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are officially dead in the U.K.

McConnell shouldn’t have even bothered apologizing for any offense caused; the Gospel will offend, and moreover, it’s not like that will protect him from prosecution, anyway. But glad he refused to retract his remarks. May the Lord give him courage and strength, and resolve to stand firm.

McCreedy, meanwhile, is a gutless, spineless coward. Glad he has resigned; there are plenty of dhimmi mainline ‘churches’ he can join instead.

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6 responses to “British Pastor to Be Prosecuted for ‘Hate Crime’ of Calling Islam ‘Satanic,’ ‘Heathen’ During Sermon

  1. feeriker

    June 27, 2015 at 1:30 am

    “The theological arguments presented by the pastor are a contradiction to my own beliefs—religious, political and moral—in relation to New Testament evangelism,” he continued.

    Your “beliefs” would appear to have nothing whatsoever to do with what the New Testament –which it appears you’ve never read– actually days, you churchian fraud.

    “Neither are they the views of many others I have spoken to at Whitewell, who have for years reached out to others from every ethnic background and denomination.”

    “Reached out to others” by appeasing, waffling, coddling, supplicating, and banishing any trace of true Christian evangelism from the conversation, which is too controversial and too dangerous. In other words, churchianity at its finest.

    Pathetic. And completely unsurprising.

     
  2. Will S.

    June 27, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Hear, hear!

    Agree completely.

    Looks like he has a potential career in politics, as a waffling, spineless politician.

     
  3. feeriker

    June 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Looks like he has a potential career in politics, as a waffling, spineless politician.

    Are Ulster Protestants going soft? This is the sort of nonsense one hears from Anglican “clergy” in England proper.

    Ian Paisley is probably turning over in his grave.

     
  4. Will S.

    June 28, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Alas, it seems so. He would be, indeed.

    Sometime in the last year or so, I remember hearing about a good Ulster Prot girl going to Ibiza and blowing every guy in a bar, caught on camera. I was very sad to hear that. Her parents made excuses, normally she’s not like that, blah blah blah. How would they know? She’s a drunken slutty Brit girl like any other, these days, alas…

     

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