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A born-again Christian preacher in Belfast is to be prosecuted for describing Islam as "satanic" and "the spawn of the devil".

Pastor James McConnell was accused of Islamophobia after he denounced the Muslim religion as a "heathen" faith in May 2014. He issued a public apology, but not before Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, came under fire for initially defending him.

Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service said on Thursday that McConnell was offered an "informed warning" that would have avoided a prosecution but he declined to accept it.


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