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Pastor McConnell legally in clear but not morally

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

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