September 15, 2014
Good news from Scotland!
In a statement released today, the Church of Scotland said it was joining in the condemnation of the attacks on the Jewish and Muslim communities along with the Muslim Council of Britain and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (Scojec).
In recent weeks the first minister, lord advocate and chief constable have all asked to meet with Scojec to discuss what the organisation called an “unprecedented number of unambiguously anti-Semitic incidents”.
The Church of Scotland said it was “deeply troubled” to learn that anti-Semitic and Islamophobic incidents were on the rise.
Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council, said: “There can be no excuse for hate, for racism, violence, intimidation or the targeting of people because of the faith they practice. Lazy, unhelpful stereotypes and prejudiced, unkind behaviour demean us all.
“We must do all we can to make sure that we do not conflate extremist behaviour in Iraq with Islam, nor political policies in Israel with Judaism.”
Last month, Scojec said it had received roughly the same number of reports of anti-Semitic incidents in one week as it had in the whole of 2013.
Incidents that were reported to the police included threatening phone-calls, e-mails, and graffiti on synagogues.
Maybe when Scotland is independent – if this happens – they will be in a position to do something about the Muslim and Jew problems. They will be a small enough country that such actions are at least plausible.