MCS Condemns Islamophobic grafitti on Glasgow Gurdwara
In light of the recent similar hateful message scrawled on the signage of a Muslim cemetery in East Renfrewshire, Islamophobia is a truly abhorrent act which, as we see, does not just affect Muslims but other minority faith groups too.
Muslim Council of Scotland stands with the Sikh community in condemnation and requests immediate action be taken to end these types of hateful incidents against all minority faiths.
Scotland is a tolerant and inclusive country; these acts should in no way be allowed to tarnish this image.
MCS Attends Parliament meeting on Assisted Sucide (Scotland) Bill
MSPs were provided a briefing about the dangers of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. GP and palliative care specialist Professor Scott Murray warned of the potential for abuse, and spoke of the urgent need to make our excellent palliative care available more widely and earlier: it is about living well to the end, and being in control.
MSPs then had a chance to ask questions and raise any concerns of their own, making some excellent points.The conclusion was that assisted suicide is dangerous and unnecessary.
MCS is working with partner groups to provide a strong response to this Bill.
Justice Secretary stands with Muslims on Anti-Muslim demos
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson met with Muslim Council of Scotland and spoke out against the threats posed by right wing organisation Pegida, whitch originated in Germany, and now threatens to demonstate, against Muslims in Edinburgh.
The meeting with Muslim Council of Scotland covered a wide raonge of issues of concern to Scottish Muslims, Michael Matheson said that any racist or Islamophocic incidents would be dealt with the full force of the law.
He reiterated the words said previously in the Scottish Parliament, when he said, "Those who seek to incite violence will be dealt with firmly and reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The Scottish Government fully supports Police Scotland in taking all appropriate and proportionate action required. I speak for all my colleagues in the Scottish Government and, I am sure, all members of this parliament, when I say that we do not tolerate Islamophobia or any other form of hatred or hate crime. We will not tolerate extremists who peddle hatred under the guise of protecting society."
The Justice Secretary's meeting with MCS was held in the Scottish Parliament and was attended by a number of MCS Board members. The meeting also covered a number of current issues, including the recent discovery of homework issued from a North Lanarkshire school which stereotyped Palestinians as "terrorists". Mr Matheson admitted his shock and promised to raise this with the Education minister, to ensure no other Scottish schools were using such material.
Also relating to anti-Muslim activities, was the issue of Hate Crimes which was also discussed, especially relating to the ongoing work to ensure victims of hate crimes report them to the police. It was agreed that further meetings would be arranged to review the current situation, to recognisse and address any gaps which prevent victims from reporting any hate crime.
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