Belfast Pastor Who Described Islam As ‘Satanic’ Will Be Prosecuted

A controversial Belfast preacher faces prosecution for describing Islam as “heathen” and “satanic”. Rev James McConnell made the comments in a sermon streamed live from his Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle church after he read of the imprisonment in Sudan of Meriam Ibrahim, who was forced to give birth in chains after being accused of apostasy from Islam. He said then: “Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.” The Public Prosecution Service said that he had been offered an “informed warning” of an offence under the Communications Act 2003. “That offence was one of sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive,” a spokesperson said.

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