When the Times reported this first, it concentrated on the Provost’ claims that he had become the victim of hate mail on his website.

Apart from the obvious comment that having made such an error of judgment it ought to be of no great surprise to him that he had caused the deepest offence, and that some of the people he had offended were going to find unsophisticated ways of expressing their pain and distress, this was not the heart of the matter.

The real issue here is whether or not the act of reading from a Koran which denies who Jesus is, and the subsequent bullish attempts to justify it by playing the victim to ‘hate crime’, are remotely acceptable for a cathedral – which is supposed to be the place from which the Bishop, successor to the apostles, teaches the apostolic faith.

For as long as the Provost of the Cathedral and the bishops of the Church of Scotland continue to muddy the waters by crying ‘foul’ over responses to what they created, those who love Christ, care that Muslims understand who he really was, and take some responsibility for standing alongside the multitudes of Christians persecuted by Islam, must continue to protest.

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