Pastor McConnell arrives for trial over Islam sermon

Pastor James McConnell arrives at Belfast's legalised Court where his trail begins regarding comments he made about Islam in one of his church sermons.   Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pastor James McConnell arrives at Belfast's legalised Court where his trail begins regarding comments he made about Islam in one of his church sermons. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Pastor James McConnell has arrived at court in Belfast as his trial over an anti-Islamic sermon gets under way.

The founder of the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle has said he is ready to go to jail if the verdict goes against him.

Pastor James McConnell arriving in court.

Pastor James McConnell arriving in court.

However, the elderly preacher said his prosecution over the highly controversial sermon offers a chance for “true Protestantism” to shine.

He insists that jailing him is not a likely outcome, because it would risk an “outcry”.

Pastor James McConnell looking relaxed as he arrives at court.

Pastor James McConnell looking relaxed as he arrives at court.

Supporters for Pastor James McConnell outside court.

Supporters for Pastor James McConnell outside court.