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Barack Obama doesn’t know if he’s Muslim or Christian, claims Islam hate row cleric James McConnell

Up in arms: Pastor James McConnell has caused controversy with his anti-Islam sermon and by describing President Obama a “patchwork quilt” who doesn’t know if he’s a Christian or Muslim.

Up in arms: Pastor James McConnell has caused controversy with his anti-Islam sermon and by describing President Obama a “patchwork quilt” who doesn’t know if he’s a Christian or Muslim.

Barack Obama doesn’t know if he’s Muslim or Christian, claims Islam hate row cleric James McConnell

(Belfast Telegraph)

The Northern Ireland pastor at the centre of a race hate row has now hit out at US President Barack Obama.

Pastor James McConnell has labelled Mr Obama a “patchwork quilt” who doesn’t know if he’s a Christian or Muslim.

He has also claimed the PSNI would be “stupid” to make a martyr of him by putting him in jail over his controversial sermon at his Whitewell Tabernacle Church in north Belfast last weekend.

The 76-year-old preacher sparked furore with his sermon condemning Islam as “heathen and satanic” and a “doctrine spawned in hell’.

The PSNI is investigating whether he committed a hate crime in the sermon broadcast online in which said he didn’t trust Muslims.

As the row rumbles an unrepentant Pastor McConnell spoke to Sunday Life this weekend and warned of ‘God’s people’ rising up if he is jailed over his sermon.

During the interview he questioned the US President’s faith, saying: “Sure we don’t know what the President of the United States is, he’s like a patchwork quilt.

“One minute he’s a Muslim the next minute he’s Christian, I don’t think he knows what he is.”


Health Minister Edwin Poots and fellow DUP MLA Sammy Wilson have backed the veteran preacher in recent days as he faced down criticism of the language he used in his sermon.

The defiant preacher continues to reject calls for him to apologise and refuses to back down, saying: “Nobody is going to close my mouth, Islam is dangerous.”

He was dismissive of the PSNI’s ‘hate crime’ inquiry, saying: “If they want to rap my door they know where I live.

“I’ve dealt with the police all my life, they’ll not put me in jail. If the do they’ll make a martyr out of me, it would be stupid of them.

“If they did put me in jail God’s people would rise up, they’ll rise up against them.”

During his thundering sermon last Sunday, he said: “Today we see powerful evidence that more and more of Muslims are putting the Quran’s hatred of Christians and Jews alike in to practice.

“Now people say there are good Muslims in Britain, that may be so, but I don’t trust them.”

He went on to say: “Islam’s ideas about God, about humanity, about salvation are vastly different from the teaching of the holy scriptures.

“Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.”

The east Belfast born firebrand, who has been preaching since the age of 13, emphasises that he is not saying that the Muslim people of Northern Irelandare dangerous.

In answer to one caller to the BBC’s Nolan Show, who asked if he would trust a Muslim doctor, he said: “I would certainly trust a Muslim doctor to operate on me but remember the Glasgow airport attack was carried out by two Muslim doctors.”

Speaking to Sunday Life, Pastor McConnell said he drew the inspiration for last Sunday’s sermon from the threat he thinks Islam poses to the world.


He explained: “Millions of Muslims are taking over the world and that’s the reason why the cell groups are planted in Britain, they are planted to take over Britain.

“Eventually they will take over Northern Ireland, the Book of Ezekiel and the Book of Zechariah tells us that the Muslim countries will side with Russia and they will come against Israel.”

He added: “The Muslim theme is destroy the Saturday people and destroy the Sunday people, what they mean by that is the Saturday people are the Jewish people and the Sunday people are the Christian people.”

His huge church on the Shore Road in north Belfast has some well known former members of its congregation.

First Minister Peter Robinson and his wife Iris worshipped there and their daughter Rebekah held her first wedding at the church in 2003.

McConnell is still surprised at the reaction to his proclamations, he said one colleague phoned him to say that he has heard the pastor make worse remarks without causing a stir.

He said: “I’m absolutely taken aback by it because I was referring to the Muslim cells throughout Britain. The IRA had a lot of terrorist cells that could bomb Britain and I believe that is why the British government did a deal with the IRA and the same thing is being repeated.

“When I said that, I hadn’t even remotely in my mind any Muslim who lives in Northern Ireland.

“There were Muslims there at the service, that come to my church that heard it. They are used to me talking like this, they know my form.” He added: “I didn’t offend them because they know it’s true. I would never offend a Muslim, I wouldn’t hurt a hair on their head.”


As the row rumbles on, Pastor McConnell claims that he has not had any further complaints from the Islamic Centre in Belfast or Muslims living in Northern Ireland.

Dr Raied Al-Wazzan of the Belfast Islamic Centre said he was contacting the police and would hold Pastor McConnell ‘responsible for any racial attacks on any Muslim in Northern Ireland’.

Dr Al-Wazzan said: “This is inflammatory language and it definitely is not acceptable.”

Pastor McConnell replied: “Dr Al-Wazzan is a nice little man and all that. I don’t even know the man, never met him, but I wasn’t even referring to him.

“They took 10 minutes out of my sermon, my sermon was 35 minutes and the other 25 minutes the lovely work of Christ on Calvary and how he was a mediator for us.”

Last night a Facebook page entitled ‘Christians stand and support Pastor James-McConnell’ had over 3,500 likes. Pastor McConnell said that he would not be referring to Islam in today’s sermon.

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  • Reynardine

    Usually translated by letters SOB.

    (Three SOBs hung out to dry. Mine would have been raising Cain.)

  • Reynardine

    Oh, the Hotel Quilty.

  • The greenmantle

    I was thinking soft wallpaper, crayons only ward .

    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    You dont get out much do you ?

    Sir DAvid

  • Reynardine

    Was he really is el juzgado? If so, who is he?

  • The greenmantle

    Looks like his MO.
    I was wondering when his sentance finished .
    Sir David

  • Friend of Bosnia

    No. Islamophobia is like rabies. Fascism is the human equivalent of rabies. We have seen a lot of cetnik mad dogs.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Oh yes.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Evil fool

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Have nothing to add to Ilisha’s response. So, according to you, the people from Prijedor or Visegrad who were expelled should be thankful to the Serbs for expelling them, eh, you evil so-and-so (the expression “kurvi sin” comes to mind; I will not translate it)
    I caqn only say to you: GET OUT OF HERE, you genocidal cetnik scum. GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT!!!

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Well, sometimes I don’t know if I should hate or just pity such pore simple souls, but I surely know they are mad dogs and must be rendered harmless accordingly, and if the only way were terminating his earthly existence I would not hesitate. Also as an example to make other like minded thugs think twice.
    Evil fools are much more destructive than just evil people.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Yes, We’ve had our experience of such evil fiends in our neck of the woods. They are mad dogs and should be put down before they commit genocide. I woulkd not put it past such a guy to commit a Srebrenica of his own if he had the chance. His thoughts are murderous. He should be put down before he puts out thousands of innocent lives.
    May the fate he so desires for us Evil Mooslims come down on his own head, may his bullets with our names on them hit him instead, and his family, may he never find peace, not in this world nor in the Hereafter, may his name and his soul be cursed and damned for eternity.
    May the righteous send him to Hell where he belongs. If I had such an individual in my hands I would not hesitate to do to him everything a Milan Lukic did, and then some more. And that only because I can’t have his soul sucked out from his body and destroyed.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Well, that refers to people like Radovan Karadzic or other genocidals and in that way it is remarkably right. And of course, to such as YOU!

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Whose “truth” are you talking about?

  • Friend of Bosnia

    As far as I’m concerned I don’t care what he is. I’m very disappointed how he took Dubya’s shortcomings up one or several notches.
    And they even gave him the Peace Nobel Prize. Shows howe much it is wort (its ideal, not its monetary worth I mean.)
    Damn! Shouldn’t have said that. they’ll find me and put me down some day for saying this. If things go on as they do, some time they will be able to, and will, do you in just as under Stalin or as described in “1984” or as in “Minority Report” because they’d never build up all this real-time surveillance if they didn’t want to stop what they consider subversive thoughts.
    To arrest or kill people preventively even before they have the chance to commit
    T H O U G H T C R I M E
    that’s what it’s all about. Security? all that surveillance did not prevent, say the attempt on the Boston Marathon from happening.
    After all it’s all about intimidating and subduing ordinary folks, so that the rich and powerful can get more rich and powerful, and the whole rest who get pooreer and more disenfranchised are discouraged from standing up.
    Going offline altogether or just stopping commenting will not help. Some day tehy will do you in just for reading what they consider wrong.
    Stalinism 2.0 is coming, without the personal cult (but maybe we will see that someday too.)
    And even saying or thinking “Stalinism” will be a thoughtcrime

  • rookie

    Quoting hate sites is NOT free speech!

  • rookie

    Which book?
    Im sure you never saw that “book”. What you do is just copy/paste from hate sites.

  • rookie

    “He added: “…I would never offend a Muslim, I wouldn’t hurt a hair on their head.””

    What he did not utter:
    “But, as far as their (muslim) head concerns, I wont guarantee that”.

  • Omar_the_Egyptian

    since when does Islam believe the earth is flat?

  • Omar_the_Egyptian

    Commendation of the perpetually wicked to hellfire is unique to Islam It is neither found in Judaism or Christianity, Islam is the only religion that has this. So therefore apologies are in order.


  • Reynardine

    What do you know. You copied your Cliff notes, misspellings and all.

  • Sam Seed

    Aaw how cute, you must be new around here. So when you were asked ‘Have you read the Quran’ you should have responded ‘No I have been to TROP’ otherwise you are lying to us and yourself.

  • Ilisha

    Sounds like sound advice to me. What sort of idiot makes friends with such people?

    “Thanks, wonderful people, for kicking me out of my house. Hope you enjoy it…oh and do come visit me under the bridge I now call home!”

  • Reynardine


  • Reynardine

    You are an insane fk. He took an oath on Lincoln’s bible. It was Rep. Ellison who took an oath on the Koran.

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