Church Targeted By Online Trolls After Koran Reading

13 January 2017, 13:53

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

Police are investigating online abuse aimed at a cathedral after passages from the Koran were read during a service.

The verses were read at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow on January 6 to mark the feast of Epiphany.

People from the local Muslim community were also invited to the service in an effort to build relationships between the Christian and Muslim faiths.

A reading from the Koran was given telling the story of the birth of Christ which said Jesus was not the son of God.

The move, however, prompted a backlash from online trolls who targeted the church for contradicting Christian beliefs.

The cathedral said it had received offensive messages from online platforms which have been reported to Police Scotland.

A spokesman for the Great Western Road-based church said: ''St Mary's Cathedral has received a number of offensive messages. These have been reported to Police Scotland.

''We are grateful to Police Scotland for their support at this time.''

Police Scotland said it was investigating the offensive comments and did not tolerate any form of hate.

A spokesman said: ''We can confirm we are investigating reports of offensive comments made towards St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow and inquiries are ongoing.

''Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate and encourages all communities to work together to ensure no-one feels threatened or marginalised.''

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