TDs From left: Paul Murphy, Gino Kenny, Bríd Smith Séamus Healy, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Richard Boyd Barrett – gather outside Leinster House to publicise the Solidarity Alliance against Racism and Fascism (SARF) Rally for Peace on Earth and Against The Politics of Hate in Dublin this Saturday.
The event is a counter-rally to a Protect Free Speech demonstration organised by Yellow Vest Ireland with both protests meeting at the same venue and time: Leinster House at 1pm this Saturday.
NI First Minister Peter Robinson has voiced support for the Belfast preacher whose firebrand sermon is at the centre of a hate crime investigation.
The DUP leader said that in the past he had joined the congregation of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle to listen to Pastor James McConnell (above) preach and that he intended to go back to the church in the future.
He described the preacher as “somebody who has lived his life for Christ”. The first minister said it was “the duty of any Christian preacher to denounce false doctrine”. “That’s a duty – so he’s perfectly entitled to do that – it’s an appropriate thing for a minister to do”, he said.
The DUP leader also said he did not trust Muslims who had been involved in “terrorist activities” or those who were “fully devoted to Sharia Law”. But he did say he would “trust them to go down the shops for me” and undertake other day-to-day tasks.
No word from the First Minister about the homophobic sermons then?
“You have to think of the mens rea. There’s a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult,” [David] Cameron told the Jewish Chronicle.
“You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted – but only when it’s motivated by hate.“