29 May 2014
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A Northern Ireland politician has stated she is to give up politics due to ongoing racist abuse.
Alliance Party member Anna Lo advised The Guardian newspaper she wouldn’t search re-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2016.
Earlier, she informed the BBC that she was contemplating leaving NI following feedback from a north Belfast pastor who stated he didn’t belief Muslims.
First Minister Peter Robinson defended the pastor on Wednesday.
Ms Lo stated: “Anymore of this speak and I would go away this nation.”
Pastor James McConnell described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic”, and was supported by Mr Robinson.
Ms Lo stated she was “very indignant” on the help given to Mr McConnell.
She stated: “I don’t really feel protected right here and I know many individuals who really feel the identical.”
Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show, she stated she is contemplating leaving the nation “due to what may occur” after what Mr Robinson had stated, because the feedback might “escalate much more of the racist pressure”.
‘Hate crime’ investigation
“I love this nation and I selected to reside right here. I am simply appalled our political leaders are popping out and making such feedback.”
She referred to as on Mr Robinson and Pastor McConnell to apologise for what they stated.
Police stated they have been investigating “a hate crime motive” after complaints about Mr McConnell’s preliminary remarks, made throughout an handle at Belfast’s Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Church.
Mr McConnell advised his congregation on 18 May “a brand new evil had arisen” and “there are cells of Muslims proper all through Britain”.
“Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell,” he stated.
However, on Wednesday night time, Mr McConnell stated police had not spoken to him.
A police spokesman stated on Thursday: “No arrests have been made. Inquiries are persevering with.”
On Wednesday in an interview with the Irish News, Mr Robinson defended Pastor McConnell and stated “there is not an oz of hatred in his bones”.
Mr Robinson went on to say he wouldn’t belief Muslims both, notably with regard to those that had been concerned in violence, or those that are “absolutely devoted to Sharia regulation, I would not belief them for religious steerage”.
However, Mr Robinson stated he would belief Muslims to “go down to the outlets” for him or to cope with a lot of different “day to day points B:37 pm – Source: bbc.co.uk