Muslims pardon pastor. Hope not Charlie Hebdo kind of pardon.

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Muslims pardon pastor. Hope not Charlie Hebdo kind of pardon.

Pastor McConnell not guilty of ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35232068

Evangelical Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell has been found not guilty of making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam.

The 78-year-old, from Shore Road in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, denied two charges relating to a sermon he gave in a Belfast church in 2014.

A judge said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them “grossly” offensive under the law.

In a statement, the Belfast Islamic Centre said the Muslim community in Northern Ireland believes in the freedom of expression, but added that “insulting other faiths and beliefs” leads to “disunity and mistrust”.

It said: “We Muslims are looking forward to achieving and maintaining the values of coexistence and diversity.

“We are mindful of some voices trying to push towards disintegration and isolation of some religious and ethnic minorities.

“Although we disagree with the description of Pastor McConnell’s remarks as ‘not grossly offensive’, we have always been ready to implement the values of forgiveness and pardon as a way forward.”

We hope the pardon offered is not the same pardon that was offered to staff at Charlie Hebdo.



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