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Church condemns insulting act against mosque

Wed 02 May 2018
By Tola Mbakwe

The Church of Scotland has condemned an insensitive act toward Muslims in Fife over the weekend.

Rev Dr Iain Greenshields said the Presbytery of Dunfermline "abhorred" the actions of someone who laid out strips of bacon on a door handle at Dunfermline Central Mosque and on the doorstep.

 

Dr Greenshields said: "Over the last few years we have worked alongside our Muslim neighbours to foster a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect.

"We believe much of this [the intolerance] is sparked by social media and belongs only to a small minority who themselves have no strong or personal religious convictions."

Dunfermline Central Mosque called the incident a "deliberate symbol of hatred chosen as Muslims and Jews do not eat pork."

It also attributed the act to "hatred driven via social media" but acknowledged that only a minority of people in the area would endorse such behaviour.

"Its a shame that a minority within society want to only promote hatred and fear, who refuse to engage and get to know us, but we do recognise it is just a minority of people with this hatred of others," the mosque said in a Facebook post.

Dr Greenshields said the Church will write a letter to all schools in the area urging them to teach against social media hate campaigns during their assemblies.

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