Retired Pastor James McConnell is waiting to find out if he will be headed to a prison cell for the crime of speaking about Islam, giving its history, and making it clear it is not a Christian faith. Making matters worse, the Department of Justice (DOJ) warns that the US is next, even though we have First Amendment rights in America.
In a church he built, Pastor McConnell preached a sermon on 1 Timothy 2:5, which reads as follows:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
During his sermon, which was streaming live over most of Ireland, Pastor McConnell dared to give the history of Islam. The Pastor also expounded on Muhammad and his beliefs. When asked about the topic later, Pastor McConnell stated he was indeed motivated by a certain situation.
Pastor McConnell says he wrote that sermon to protest “… the terrible injustice done to a young Muslim woman named Miriam Ibrahim who was converted to Christianity and for marrying a Christian man. Miriam Ibrahim was pregnant and was to receive eighty lashes and possibly martyrdom. — via World Net Daily
This type of censoring is not exclusive to Ireland or Europe today. Recently, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has threatened legal action against anyone who engages in “anti-Muslim hate speech.” The question is, what constitutes anti-Muslim hate speech?
Congress introduced a bill for this type of situation. The bill is HR 569, which states:
…violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States and … denounces in the strongest terms the increase of hate speech … targeted against mosques, Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim. — via World Net Daily
The part of the sermon that the Irish courts are singling out is the Pastor’s words “doctrine spawned in hell.” In America, this is plain free speech. Can you imagine the police in the US arresting someone for saying “the Pope was spawned in hell” or saying anyone was spawned in hell for that matter?
This type of “policing” is plain madness. Pastor McConnell will find out his fate this Tuesday January 5th, 2016. Pastor McConnell says come what may, he will not renounce his beliefs, and he will continue to preach it — whether that is in a prison cell or back in his own church.