Pastor James McConnell faces pre Christmas trial over Islam comments

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Pastor James McConnell faces two charges connected to a controversial sermon he made from the pulpit of his Belfast church last year

The case against a prominent preacher accused of branding Islam “satanic” and “heathen” is on track for a pre-Christmas trial, a court has been told.

Pastor James McConnell faces two charges connected to a controversial sermon he made from the pulpit of his Belfast church last year.

During a brief hearing at Laganside Magistrates’ Court, defence solicitor Cathy Mulhern confirmed dates had been fixed for a December hearing.

The purpose of the mention, she told District Judge George Conner, was to ensure progress was being made in the high-profile case.

Ms Mulhern said: “It was to make sure that matters are still on track. I understand that they are.”

McConnell, 78, from Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, is being prosecuted under the 2003 Communications Act.

He faces two charges – improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network – after remarks made from the pulpit of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in north Belfast were streamed online.

The evangelical fundamentalist, who denies the charges, was excused from appearing at the hearing which lasted less than two minutes.

As a result, hundreds of Christian supporters who have previously protested outside the court were also absent.

Three days have been set aside for the trial, which is scheduled to start on December 14, and lawyers are currently liaising over the provision of statements, the court was told.

District Judge Conner said he was grateful for any action which “shortens the timetable”.

The hearing has been adjourned for mention on December 3.

source : Belfast Telegraph

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17 comments

    • paulywido

      Rick Santorum made the point that while people suggest the percentages of Muslims who agree with Islamic terrorism is a low number, even at five percent Santorum says that’s 60 million people. He said that only seven percent of the German population were Nazis and we see how that worked out!

  1. owen

    I can’t believe what they are putting this man through you just have to look at the news today and know this man was right to warn us we need to listen ..

    • paulywido

      And still the Moslem appeasers will be in denial Owen, as can be witnessed by the response of many world leaders in their refusal to connect Islam with evil…..”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

  2. Eveline Kay

    In the light of what has happened in France,the barbaric evil and cowardly killings of innocent people prove what Pastor Mc ‘Connell said about the sharia law was the absolute truth. This man is a righteous upstanding man of God and may I add FEARLESS, I have the privilege of knowing him personally.The charge should be thrown out of court and they should apologise to Pastor for their stupidity. This is supposed to be Great Britain. It’s time to defend Britain instead of bowing down to the enemy. If you still insist that Pastor goes on trial,you should all hang your heads in Shame. The LORD will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.

      • paulywido

        Sorry if I have missed approving your comment Irene. I get so many comments on various articles and in Facebook groups that often it is easy for a comment to get buried and I miss seeing it .
        I will do my best to trace back and remedy it for you.

      • paulywido

        I just checked through and the comment was posted at 5.36 am today
        That’s only just over an hour ago!…. I do sleep occasionally!..lolol
        God bless you Irene and grant you more patience….lol
        Regards , Paul….

    • daniel livengood

      amen! we are praying for you dear BRO Mc CONNELL as HIS word says in 2nd chron. chap 20 for the battle is HIS not ours hallelujah! 🙂

  3. Irene Clarke Hogg

    I cannot believe that someone who tells the truth can be brought to court, they say we offend them what about us they offend us they Pray we cant where is are rights they have all the rights we don’t have any waken up Belfast I am in Canada now but I go to Pastor McConnell church when I go home I hope you all get your eyes open to the Truth Praying for you Pastor God Bless

  4. Linda Rocky

    If you were a Muslim hate preacher living off the state you, your wife and 4 or 5 kids… You would still be living an unchallenged life in the lap of our benefit system and You would still be able to spew terrorist hate, murder lectures and only get a slap on the wrists. You would be able to fly the Daesh flag without anyone stopping you but your a Christian so you will be lied about just as Jesus said in his book.. God bless you and keep you because the powers that be want us all dead!

  5. marina Mollins

    I support the pastor ,don’t see Muslims in court for bringing down our Christian faith and our lord and savours name when they are so against gods word and burn Bibles and behead Christians , we have to make people aware of gods word and where better to do it than the pulpit, I ask if the person who has brought these charges who heard what the pastor preached why was he in church ? Obviously it was not t hear the word of god

    • paulywido

      The Pastor’s sermons are streamed live online…he is not technically being prosecuted for what he said but for including it in an electronic communication…censorship nonetheless!

  6. RAY

    I SUPPORT THE PASTOR ,, IF GOD BE FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US ?? THIS BATTLE IS THE LORDS ,, GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE

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