Friday, 13 January 2017

Clergyman defends St Mary's Cathedral Koran reading per BBC News

This BBC report is almost unbelievable but in 2017 is unfortunately all too believable.

It begins thus:

'The senior clergyman at a cathedral in Glasgow has defended a service at which passages from the Koran were read from the lectern.

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral has been criticised because the verses contradict Christian teaching about Jesus.

The service was held on the feast of the Epiphany when western Christians mark the visit to the infant Jesus by wise men.

The cathedral provost said the reading was aimed at promoting understanding between the two faiths.

St Mary's invited local Muslims, who also revere Jesus as a prophet, to join the service. A student, Madinah Javed, read from the lectern in Arabic from the chapter of Maryam, or Mary.

The chapter tells the story of the birth of Christ to the virgin Mary, and includes the Islamic teaching that Jesus is not the son of God and should not be worshipped, which has provoked criticism from some Anglicans.'

That a Christian clergyman should think it appropriate to have verses from the Koran read out in church during a Christian service is mind blowing by itself.

For a Christian clergyman to allow to be read Koranic verses that directly contradict some of the key beliefs of Christianity is just ridiculous.

I wonder if this clergyman understands the concept of dhimmitude.

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