Online abuse aimed at church over Koran reading probed
Trolls target St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral after reading from Muslim holy book at service.
A tirade of online abuse aimed at a Scots church after verses from the Koran were read during a service is under investigation.
Trolls have targeted St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in the west end of Glasgow on social media after it emerged a section of the Muslim holy book was read by a student during one of its services.
The feast of the Epiphany was marked at the Anglican church last Friday and local Muslims were also invited to join the event in an effort to build relationships between worshippers of both faiths in Glasgow.
After a report by far-right American news site Breitbart revealing the reading from the Koran during the service, a catalogue of online abuse was aimed at the church.
The reading, which contradicts Christian beliefs, tells the story of the birth of Christ but asserts that Jesus is not the son of God.
Church bosses have reported the abuse to police who have launched an investigation and warned they "will not tolerate any form of hate".
A statement from St Mary's said: "St Mary's has received a number of offensive messages on Facebook and other platforms.
"These have been reported to Police Scotland. We are grateful to the police for their support at this time."
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we are investigating reports of offensive comments made towards St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow and inquiries are ongoing.
"Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate and encourages all communities to take action to ensure no one feels threatened or marginalised."