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UK: Pastor who was tried for making offensive remarks about Islam dies at age 84

The trial of James McConnell for calling Islam “heathen” and “satanic” is one of the low points of modern British history. How many imams have called Judaism, Christianity, or Hinduism “heathen” or “satanic” without suffering any consequences? If McConnell had been an atheist who called Christianity “heathen” and “satanic,” or “stupid” and “evil,” or some such, would he have been questioned by police and tried? Of course not. He would have been hailed as “courageous” and “insightful.”

“‘TOUCHED LIVES’ Controversial Ulster pastor James McConnell who branded Islam ‘satanic’ dies aged 84,” by Rebecca Black, Press Association, July 17 2021:

One of Northern Ireland’s best known church leaders has died following illness.

Pastor James McConnell, 84, founded the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in north Belfast and led several major open-air gospel events….

Pastor David Purse announced on the church Facebook page on Saturday morning that it was with “profound sadness and indescribable pain” that Mr McConnell had died after seven weeks in hospital….

Mr McConnell hit headlines in 2014 after calling Islam “heathen” and “satanic” during a church sermon.

He was questioned by police and was later found not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks against Islam, after a trial at Belfast Magistrates’ Court which garnered worldwide attention.

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