Pastor on Trial for Calling Islam ‘Satanic’
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Dec 14
An Irish pastor who called Islam “satanic” in a sermon is currently on trial for his comments.
Christian Today reports that Pastor James McConnell, 78, from Co Antrim in Northern Ireland, is on trial for a sermon he posted online last year in which he called Islam “satanic.”
McConnell’s trial, which began today (Monday) at 10:30 a.m., accuses him of improper use of a public electronic communications network under the 2003 Communications Act.
The prosecution claims that McConnell’s comments about Islam are extremely offensive.
In the controversial sermon, McConnell stated, “People say there are good Muslims in Britain – that may be so – but I don't trust them. Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.”
McConnell denies the charges leveled against him.
Publication date: December 14, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.