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Pastor is not speaking on behalf of Christianity

Editor's Viewpoint

Pastor James McConnell's anti-Islamic remarks, first published by this newspaper, have been making headlines ever since.

Police are investigating if they constitute a hate crime and opinion on the comments has been sharply divided.

Some are supportive of him, other strongly opposed.

He had every right to criticise the persecution of Christians in Islamic societies and some of the darker practices – as opposed to tenets – of the Islamic faith.

There is no doubt his comments could have been worded more judiciously.

Pastor McConnell could be regarded as intolerant in his remarks and that is a trait which should not be associated with Christianity.

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