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JamesMcConnellAP_SI

JamesMcConnellAP_SI

An Irish pastor who said Islam was “satanic” and a “doctrine spawned in hell” was acquitted of making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam.

A Belfast court judge ruled that while 78-year-old James McConnell had made “offensive” comments, they were not “grossly” offensive under the law.

Shortly after the ruling, the evangelical pastor insisted he was not trying to insult the Muslim community.

“There was no way I was out to hurt them,” he said. “I wouldn’t hurt a hair on their head.”

…During the trial, he insisted he wasn’t trying to “provoke anyone” with his remarks, but the judge in the case cautioned him to consider the impact of his words in the future. He also warned about attempts to curtail free speech.

“The courts need to be very careful not to criminalize speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive.” Judge Liam McNally told the Belfast court. “It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances, and accordingly, I find Pastor McConnell not guilty of both charges.”

The “not guilty” charge brought thunderous applause from McConnell’s supporters who had stood by him throughout the ordeal.

While addressing reporters and supporters outside the court, McConnell said he was against Islam’s beliefs.

“What I am against is their theology and what they believe in,” he explained. “If there are Muslims out there, I want to assure them I love them, and if they need help, I am there to help them. But their theology and their beliefs, I am totally against them.”

I do not understand why this went to court. McConnell was criticising theology not Muslims as people. He was not threatening or inciting violence. In a video interview after the trial, he makes it very clear that he loves Muslims as people but thinks that what they believe is wrong. This is no different to a Muslim Imam criticising Christianity or Atheism because he thinks it is wrong. Part of the reason McConnell was not convicted was thanks to a Muslim man volunteering to be a defence witness. This man, while not agreeing with McConnell’s views, defended his right to have different views and to say them.

He felt vindicated by the verdict and “happy that there is liberty to preach the Gospel,” but insisted he would not shy away from making those comments again about Islam.

“I would do it again, but I would word it differently because I would be conscious I was hurting innocent Muslims. I would be conscious I was hurting Muslims who have come here to work hard and are doing their best – there’s no way I would hurt those people, but I would do it again, yes.”

-cbn.com

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