Friday, March 20, 2009

Scottish Muslims Offer to Guard Synagogue

Reading this story really brightened my day. Last week, a Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation in Edinburgh, Scotland was vandalized in an anti-Semitic attack - but it might have been a blessing in disguise, as it sparked a rather remarkable act of interfaith solidarity.

Yesterday, The Scotsman newspaper reported that Ken Imrie, chairman of the Scottish Islamic Association, sent a letter to the synagogue's rabbi in which they not only expressed their "revulsion and horror" at the attack, but put their money where their mouth was. Here's an excerpt:

"We trust you have adequate security arrangements in place, in line with places of worship across the country. If not, such is our strength of feeling on this matter, we would wish to physically guard the synagogue ourselves."

We really need more people like this in the world. Kudos to the Scottish Islamic Association and Ken Imrie for their selfless act of generosity and courage. Personally, I hope that the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation takes them up on their offer - as letting these people actually guard the synagogue would be a tremendous statement against religious bigotry.


  1. What is this world coming to when there are Scottish Muslims? That's just wrong.

  2. Great article and point. What the Scottish Muslims are doing for the Jews is building a big and durable bridge. What the Muslim Scots did was nip conflict in the bud.

    Seriously, Adam you need to do AdSense or something.

    Truly a very wonderful article.

  3. What a great find Adam. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
    Oh and Zags are in the final 16!