Preacher James McConnell From Northern Ireland Jailed For Preaching Against Islam
A protestant pastor in Northern Ireland now faces up to six months in jail for having previously spoken out against Islam, denouncing the religion as “satanic,” “heathen,” and “spawned in hell.”
Pastor James McConnell of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle suffered intense scrutiny at the hands Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) after a sermon he made denouncing Islam last year became available over the Internet, which allegedly violated the 2003 Communications Act that says for simply saying “Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell,” James McConnell now faces up to six months in jail for “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive.”
“I am facing up to six months in jail and a hefty fine for saying what I believe,” McConnell told the Belfast Telegraph.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.