Here is an attempt at rhetoric which I would like someone with a bit more intelligence than me to attempt to destroy.
For the purposes of argument, let us agree/concede that Pastor McConnell was/is somewhat intolerant of Muslims and/or Islam, with or without justification.
Now, what he said about Islam is no worse (and certainly less aggressive) than what is being preached by intolerant imams about Christianity – not only in Islamic countries, but also in our own United Kingdom.
Thus, for a Muslim representative on the Nolan TV debate to accuse Pastor McConnell of insulting him and other Muslims is both hypocritical and, I contend, an attempt to deceive (because of his silence in not readily volunteering examples of atrocities being perpetrated on Christians by Muslims in many parts of the world).
It was thus not unreasonable for the pastor to imply that the Muslim representative should not be trusted and, indeed, if he truly represented a section of Muslims in the UK, it would not be unreasonable for the pastor to also tar them with the same brush.
I think the pastor won the discussion, but could have done much better if he had been a bit sharper. Perhaps he felt intimidated by what appeared to be a hand-picked, politically correct audience, who were in denial of what their grandfathers and great-grandfathers died for at the Somme: namely the preservation of our culture.
On May 14 Pastor James McConnell launched an unprovoked attack on the Islamic section of our community. He claimed that Islam is “heathen”, “Satanic” and asserted that it was “a doctrine spawned in Hell”.
These comments alone are detrimental enough; however, the head of the Executive and leader of the DUP, Peter Robinson, supported the preacher.
This is nothing more than sectarian discrimination and abuse. Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, is a member of the Abrahamic family of religions. Thus, using McConnell's logic Christianity and Judaism are heathen, Satanic doctrines spawned in Hell. Is that assertion not offensive to Christians and Jews?
Also, all three religions in the Abrahamic family believe in justice, peace and forgiveness. Imagine if the words Islam and Muslims were replaced by Protestantism and Protestants, Catholicism and Catholics, Judaism and Jews or any other group. It would have been considered inflammatory and criminal hate speech.
In Sharia law there is also the principle of always giving those who have broken laws the chance to repent. That is very similar to the Christian fundamental of forgiveness that Jesus of Nazareth believed in and promoted.
Pastor McConnell has a responsibility to guide and protect his flock. He should teach them to love not only their neighbours, but their enemies. This is what Jesus did two millennia ago.
James Connelly Society
June 2, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the loss of 29 souls on the Mull of Kintyre when RAF Chinook ZD576 crashed in unknown circumstances.
For 17 years the MoD claimed the two pilots were guilty of gross negligence. For 17 years the MoD withheld vital evidence.
However, in 2011, Lord Philip issued his report, confirming the airworthiness recommendations issued by the MoD's Controller Aircraft were “mandated” upon the RAF's Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.
The charge against the pilots was posthumously lifted. But Lord Philip did not expand on precisely what was mandated: that the aircraft was not airworthy .
In spite of this very clear statement, a false declaration was made to RAF aircrew that the aircraft was airworthy and the design sufficiently mature.
This act has never been explained, or investigated.
No one involved has ever been called to account for their actions. It is time to set the record straight.
Yate, South Gloucestershire
In view of the continuing racist attacks, it is important that we hear the concerned voice of the majority of Christians and that those who wish to respond in acts of compassion are guided to appropriate ways of supporting people.
Embrace NI has developed four cards, entitled A Stitch In Time. These include accounts from people on the receiving end of hate speech, intimidation and attack. They also highlight the importance of welcoming attitudes and acts. This resource is available at www. embraceni.org.
Chairperson, Embrace NI
The Chilcot Inquiry is another British whitewash, as expected. Why should Sir Jeremy Heywood have a say in any political decision on the Chilcot Inquiry, or anything else? He is an unelected official who works for us.
The public know that Blair and Bush went on an oil grab and to destabilise the Middle East and will never let history be rewritten to say that the WMD excuse was anything other than a pack of lies.
Blair did it for personal wealth and power. Bush was being manipulated by the Pentagon war machine and armament firms.
Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh