Belfast Pastor on Trial for Offending Islam

An evangelical Christian pastor in Northern Ireland has made his first court appearance after he was charged with making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam.

James McConnell, 78, appeared at Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast on August 6, after local Muslims complained that he delivered a sermon in which he described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic.”

According to Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS), McConnell — whose sermon was streamed live on the Internet — violated the 2003 Communications Act by “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive.”

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  • FactsWillOut

    “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive.”

    Hmm, just like Canada.

    • Yup.

    • Grossly offensive to grossly offensive people.

    • Mickey Oberman

      For years now I have been posting notes on the internet that I have intentionally intended to be offensive to Islam. But I have always stated the truth – as I see it.
      I will continue to do so.
      The most grossly offensive item in this country is the existence of that ill named, ill conceived, ill tolerated, ill intentioned Human Rights Commission.

  • If “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive” is against the law, why is Islamic theology allowed on the internet.

    Islamic theology clearly has “a message” that is”grossly offensive.”

    • More people should complain about Islam’s supremacist rantings.

    • Justin St.Denis

      This is a conundrum of sorts. The Anglosphere has a tendency to regard only things said in English to be “real” or “of real importance”. Naturally, this is rather like the inherent “racism” of holding non-Caucasians to lower moral/behavioural/performance standards that their white counterparts (“affirmative action” or racial hiring quotas).

      • Except for Israelis, who are supposed to be so saintly that they will allow themselves to be shot without ever shooting back.

        • It’s more sporting.

        • Mickey Oberman

          But when they get their dander up they do a pretty darn good job of returning fire.

    • (SEE: standards, double)

  • Ron MacDonald

    Where’s the UDF when you need them?

  • Thinking From First Principles

    And whenever someone speaks of “three great Abrahamic faiths” let us be sure to correct that right away … There is but one Abrahamic faith with Judaism and Christianity representing the old and new covenants of YHWH the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Islam is a counterfeit spawned by the deceiver, and this is easy to show especially given the Islamic sanction of rape in the Quran, Hadiths, and Biography of Muhammad. No human of good will can possibly call rape other than evil, and no God could ever condone such evil. Only Satan could do so.

    • Islam is not an Abrahamic faith – that is only said of it to flatter it, because the Koran mentions Abraham (having snitched stories concerning him from the Jewish Bible).

      It is not a monotheistic faith, believing in the one God, the Creator. It is a belief in one ‘god’ – who is the antithesis of the one God.

      Its god “Allah” effectively an idol since it is an invention of Mohammed or of whoever invented Mohammed. Invention is the mental equivalent of physical idol making. This idol, or its alleged spokesperson, the so-called prophet Mohammed, is a murderous, destructive, immoral non-entity.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …ever watch the muzzle’ems release the religious szchiddt tornado that goes on in their heads on MEMRI-TV? All that’s gonna happen from suppressing free speech is the f***ers will continue their killing and mayhem MAYBE without hollering that Allah-Acber yodel.

  • This is a pastor who deserves to be called a shepherd – leading his flock in a righteous direction, speaking truth.

  • Jade

    He is right it is only offensive to those that are under dhaminatude