The 78-year-old minister from Northern Ireland was prosecuted under Britain's draconian hate speech laws that forbid expressing one's opinion if the government deems the speech offensive.
McConnell was accused of referring to Islam as Satanic and heathen. McConnell also praised the late Enoch Powell, a British statesman who predicted the dire consequences of displacing British culture.
The accusations stemmed from a sermon delivered by McConnell in 2014.
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Evangelical Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell has been found not guilty of making "grossly offensive" remarks about Islam.
The 78-year-old, from Shore Road in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, denied two charges relating to a sermon he gave in a Belfast church in 2014.
A judge said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them "grossly" offensive under the law.
Supporters of the pastor applauded when the verdict was given.
Speaking outside court, Mr McConnell said his only regret was the response from the Muslim community that he was "out to hurt them".
He said: "There was no way I was out to hurt them. I wouldn't hurt a hair on their head.
"But what I am against is their theology and what they believe in."
He said he would do it again, but would be conscious that he was "hurting innocent Muslims".
Mr McConnell had denied two charges - improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network.
He made the remarks at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in north Belfast in May 2014. His sermon was also streamed online.
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