BREAKING NEWS: Belfast Pastor McConnell Acquitted Of Hate Speech After Calling Islam “Satanic”

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

James McConnellBELFAST/LONDON (BosNewsLife)-- An outspoken evangelical pastor who called Islam "satanic" and a "doctrine spawned in hell" has been found not guilty of broadcasting hate speech by a Belfast court. The acquittal of Senior Pastor James McConnell was welcomed by the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland, part of a group representing two million British evangelical Christians. "Today's verdict is a victory for common sense and freedom of speech," the group told BosNewsLife in a statement. However it also cautioned that "until the law is changed or clear guidance is issued, there will still be concern about further prosecution" of Christians.

Pakistan President Urged To Release Jailed Christians

By BosNewsLife Asia Service and reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

LAHORE/GLASGOW (BosNewsLife)-- An advocacy group urged Pakistan's president Wednesday, April 17, to release Christians accused of defaming Islam and halt "the misuse of blasphemy laws" after court proceedings against a man whose alleged "derogatory remarks" about Islam's Prophet Mohammad sparked riots in Lahore city.

NEWS WATCH: EU’s Ashton Expects Breakthrough In Kosovo Dispute

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Catherine-AshtonPRISTINA/BELGRADE (BosNewsLife)-- The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Serbia and Kosovo are close to a deal to end the ethnic partition of the former Serbian province.

NEWS ALERT: China House Church Leader Released; Family Jailed Professor Flees To U.S.

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)- China has unexpectedly released the deputy chairman of a major organization representing the country's growing number of house churches, after he served six months of a two-year "re-education through labor" sentence, rights activists told BosNewsLife Tuesday January 24.