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Pastor McConnell legally in clear but not morally

Published 11/01/2016

Pastor James McConnell speaks to reporters after his acquittal
Pastor James McConnell speaks to reporters after his acquittal
The pastor’s supporters celebrate outside court
Pacemaker Press Belfast 05-01-2016: 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. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.

THE not guilty verdict in Pastor McConnell's case raises again for me a fundamental moral point.

Natural law demands we write, teach and preach, or publicly say only what is true, in the interests of the common good, about any person, or organisation. Defamatory, or libellous, speech is not protected and the civil law right to free speech does not excuse it.

Pastor McConnell violated that moral law principle as he (and Rev Ian Paisley) did in sermons and rants against the Church of Rome, its bishops, successive popes and actual Bible and Catholic doctrine and teachings.

HF O'BEACHAIN

Lifford, Co Donegal

Belfast Telegraph

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