New Zealand attacks - Christians and Muslims stand "shoulder to shoulder" in condemnation
Published on 18 March 2019
Christian and Muslim faith leaders in Scotland have issued a joint statement to condemn the "deeply shocking" terrorist attacks in New Zealand.
Fifty people were killed and 31 people injured in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
The statement reads: "Friday's tragic events in two Mosques in New Zealand is deeply shocking and has caused us all great pain.
"As people of faith, we lock arms in solidarity with all those affected by this heinous crime.
"We share in remembrance and prayer for the deceased, the injured, their families and all those who have suffered hurt.
"We remember particularly the Muslim community in New Zealand, around the world and in Scotland.
"Through expressions of reassurance and resolute support, we stand shoulder to shoulder."
Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director-General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society.
Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Most Revd Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness.
Rev Dr David A Pickering, Moderator, The National Synod of Scotland.
Rev Dr George J Whyte, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Very Rev Professor Iain Torrance, Former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.