Victory for free speech as Pastor James McConnell found not guilty of insulting “Satanic Islam”

The National Secular Society has welcomed a court’s ruling that Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell is “not guilty” for a sermon he uploaded online that was critical of Islam.

NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans described the ruling as a “welcome reassertion of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.”

He added, “While we and many others disagree strongly with the tone and content of the Pastor’s remarks, a heartening and broad coalition of groups have stood up for his right to express his views.

“At a time when freedom of speech is being curtailed and put at risk in any number of ways, this is a much needed statement from the judge that free speech will be defended and that Islam is not off-limits.

“While we welcome the ruling, serious questions remain about the PPS’ decision to pursue this case, particularly given that it was brought about after a complaint from a man who had to retract his praise for the Islamic State’s rule.”

See…Muslim who praised ISIS drove case against ‘Satanic Islam’ sermon Belfast pastor McConnell

h/t CS

  • simus1

    A diamond among the zircons.

    That judge will no doubt be put on the back burner until “he decides to conduct his court in a manner more acceptable to the elites.”

  • roccolore

    Muslims and other leftists will be upset.

  • FactsWillOut

    Crumbs thrown to peons != victory.

    • Alain

      I tend to agree, because when real free speech is alive and well he never would have been arrested and charged.

      • moraywatson

        Free speech doesn’t come without a fight. It’s boundaries always contract when complacency sets in. The best way to maintain ones rights is to exercise them on a routine basis. If there had been 50 pastors preaching the same message, there would have been no arrests or charges.

        However, I don’t think “real free speech” is a thing. Free speech is a concept. How “real” it is will always come with an eventual boundary, that even you or I will refuse to cross.

        • Alain

          Exactly and really the same for every right. The enemy wins when the majority cave in, be it through cowardliness or just indifference.

  • ontario john

    He will probably be banned from “Sunny Ways” Canada.

  • The Butterfly

    The process is the punishment.