Police in Northern Ireland are investigating a potential hate crime after an evangelical Protestant preacher compared “cells” of Muslims in Britain to the IRA.
“In Muslim lands Christians are persecuted for their faith. Their homes are burned, their churches destroyed and hundreds of them literally have given their lives for Christ in martyrdom.”
Speaking on the BBC’s Stephen Nolan show, Pastor McConnell said he was raising awareness of the plight of a 27-year-old Christian in Sudan who faces the death sentence. The woman, who is the daughter of a Muslim man and is married to a Christian, was condemned for “apostasy” by a court.
The pastor added: “But the British Government, and the so-called watery clergymen, close their eyes to this evil that persists in our midst. It is called by our critics ‘the language of hate’.
“Enoch Powell was a prophet and he told us the blood would flow in the streets and it has happened. Fifteen years ago Britain was concerned of IRA cells. Right throughout the nation they done a deal with the IRA because they were frightened of being bombed. Today a new evil has arisen – there are cells of Muslims right throughout Britain.”
Sinn Fein’s Mr McGuinness said police should hold a thorough investigation into the senior pastor’s comments. “Coming in the wake of a recent spate of disgraceful racist attacks against families in parts of Belfast and elsewhere, such inflammatory comments only serve to fuel hatred.”
The attacks, according to the story, apparently consisted of two cases of graffiti. Or as the IRA would call, “kid stuff”.
Pastor McConnell said: “I do not teach my people to have hate policies or to go and hurt people – definitely not.”
“Anybody that comes to our church sees the love that is in our church and the welcome in our church, sees the kindness in our church.
“We have helped people from Islam. We have helped them financially, we have helped them in other ways. We are not against them but we are against what they believe.
“If they had their way, I believe we would be persecuted even in Northern Ireland and particularly in Britain.”
“I think the public of Northern Ireland is fed up with all this stuff, when we have to treat everyone like cotton wool, and yet the people we are treating like cotton wool, in other lands wouldn’t let us breathe – wouldn’t give us a drink of water.”
“I will wait and see what the police say to me. I am prepared and if they put me in jail I will go to jail, but I will not retract what I have said,” he added.
McConnell is actually wrong about the water part. Here’s what the Koran says will happen to non-Muslims in hell.
“As for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; and boiling water will be poured down on their heads, Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted.” (Koran 22)
And if they run out of skin, Allah is going to make more skin. Because that’s the kind of homicidal serial killer he is.
“Every time their skins are roasted through We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Koran 4)
Much like Hannibal Lecter.