THE BRITISH VOICE is very happy to announce that evangelical Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell has been found NOT guilty of making ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam.
On the 14th of December, I visited Belfast to stand with our friends outside Belfast Magistrates Court, to show that THE BRITISH VOICE supports Pastor James McConnell, who was being prosecuted and persecuted for his comments about the abhorrent ideology known as Islam. Although Pastor McConnell is involved with the evangelical congregation, there were people from every denomination of Christians present to support him. Whilst Pastor McConnell should never have been put through that purgatory for simply speaking his views, the trial has actually enabled Christians in Northern Ireland to stand together in support of freedom of speech and of our Christian faith, which has been under attack for many years. When you consider the historic ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland over the past 50 years, it was remarkable to see Protestants and Catholics standing shoulder to shoulder, in support of a fellow Christian.
Pastor James McConnell described Islam as “heathen” and “Satanic” in a sermon
78 year old Pastor McConnell denied two charges that related to a sermon he gave at Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast in 2014, that was streamed online, in which he described Islam as “heathen” and “Satanic”. He was charged under the 2003 Communications Act with 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.
Ever since the charges were brought against him, Pastor McConnell has said that he would go to jail rather than retract his remarks; however a judge ruled on Tuesday that Pastor McConnell is not guilty. Judge Liam McNally said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them ‘grossly’ offensive under the law, and he went on to say:
“The courts need to be very careful not to criminalise speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive. It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances.”
150 supporters of the pastor applauded in the public gallery when the verdict was given. Speaking outside Belfast Magistrates’ court, Mr McConnell said his only regret was the response from the Muslim community that he was out to hurt them. He said: “There was no way I was out to hurt them. I wouldn’t hurt a hair on their head, but what I am against is their theology and what they believe in.”
The case was brought after a prominent Muslim, who supports the murderers of ISIS, complained to the police!
Last January, the man who complained about Pastor McConnell’s comments, Dr Al-Wazzan, was embroiled in controversy when he said that Islamic State (ISIS), which has carried out mass executions and forced millions of people to flee their homes, had been a “positive force in Mosul”, his home city in Iraq. He said: “Since the Islamic State took over, it has become the most peaceful city in the world.” He told BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback: “Yes, there are other things going wrong there… they are murdering people, I agree, but you can go from east to west of the city without fear.”
Evidently, Dr Al-Wazzan is in favour of extreme Sharia law measures, which involve brutalisation and murder, yet he has the audacity to complain – IN OUR COUNTRY – about the words a Christian Minister used! We all know what regularly happens to Christians that live in Muslim countries, but Muslims are given special treatment in Great Britain.
The Muslim then went on to claim that Pastor McConnell’s congregation may be “uneducated people” !
In his statement about Pastor McConnell, Dr Al-Wazzan claimed: “Many Muslims in Northern Ireland are professionals, while the Pastor’s congregation may include impressionable, uneducated people”.
Pastor McConnell said: “The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) case against me is summed up by the fact that the chief witness the prosecution is calling is a man who made highly controversial comments about ISIS; a man who praised the rule in Iraq of ISIS murderers, will be giving evidence against me – it’s like a pantomime! I don’t know how he will have the nerve to stand in a court and testify against me, and I don’t know how the PPS have the nerve to think he is in a position morally to do that.”
Pastor McConnell received messages of support from all sectors of the political divide in Northern Ireland and throughout Great Britain, along with support from Southern Ireland. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Sammy Wilson and Catholic priest Fr Patrick McCafferty appeared as character witnesses for Mr McConnell. Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme, Mr Wilson welcomed the news, saying: “Mr McConnell should never have been in court in the first place”. He said: “Anyone who is engaged in public debate or speech ought to be happy at the result today. We live in a free society and in a free society, people should be free to express the beliefs that they hold.” He added that if Mr McConnell had accepted a police caution, it would have introduced “a chill factor” into issues of public speech.
Clear guidance is needed
Peter Lynas, of the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland, said the verdict was “a victory for common sense and freedom of speech. However, until the law is changed or clear guidance is issued there will still be concern about further prosecution.” He added: “The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) need to explain why this case was brought and assure everyone that this will not happen again.”
The National Secular Society (NSS) has welcomed the court’s ruling. NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans described it as a “welcome reassertion of the fundamental right to freedom of expression. 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 ISIS’s rule.”
The NSS wrote to the PPS urging it to call off the prosecution, however the PPS said their decision was: “in the public interest”. Mr Evans added: “If Pastor McConnell had been found guilty, it would’ve had a terrible effect on free speech. The right verdict has now been reached, but this case should never have been pursued.”
These are very interesting comments from various people and agencies, who are all concerned that the rights of the indigenous people of the British Isles and Europe as a whole, are being ignored and preference is given to Immigrant Invaders. Here in England and Wales, we now know for a fact, that all of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decisions on whether or not to prosecute so-called “racist crimes” are taken by a Muslim, who is based in Leeds! And, surprise, surprise, he always decides to prosecute indigenous white people, but never prosecutes Immigrant Invaders. People like that are empowered by the anti-British, anti-white liberal fascists of Common Purpose, and they are destroying our countries.
Thankfully, many more English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh people are now able to speak out against the tyrannical actions of those in positions of power. We will no longer accept the outrageous comments and actions, by foreigners and their liberal fascist friends, against the indigenous people of these isles. They must either stop damaging our countries, or get out of these islands and take their Immigrant Invaders with them!
THE BRITISH VOICE will continue to speak out against the anti-British, anti-white injustices being perpetrated against indigenous British and European people. The tide has now turned!