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Pastor charged with hate crime after calling Islam a “doctrine spawned in hell” says he has "no regrets"

Pastor charged with hate crime after calling Islam a “doctrine spawned in hell” says he has "no regrets"

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Friday June 19 2015

The Belfast Telegraph reports on an interview with Northern Irish Pastor James McConnell in which he defends his choice of words describing Islam as “heathen”, “satanic” and a “doctrine spawned in hell”.

McConnell who is facing a possible six month jail sentence after being charged with “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive” following his sermon at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Church last May said, “I am 78 years of age and in ill health but jail knows no fear for me.”

“They can lock me up with sex offenders, hoodlums and paramilitaries and I will do my time.

“I have no regrets about what I said. I do not hate Muslims but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that. I will be pleading ‘not guilty’ when I stand in the dock in August.”

McConnell’s solicitor, Joe Rice, said he would defend the case “tooth and nail” and would call upon a host of political, religious and academic witnesses “in defence of freedom of speech and freedom of religion”.

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