This is not co-existence, but supremacy, they would never allow Christians to read from the New Testament.
‘It’s blasphemy!’ Almighty row breaks out after historic cathedral allows Muslim imam to read passages from the Koran at the altar
- Faith exhibition was launched at Gloucester Cathedral in front of 1,200 people
- Imam did the call to prayer at event and other religious leaders gave speeches
- Video removed from Facebook after some said should not pray in ‘God’s house’
- But artist Russell Haines says majority of feedback form exhibition is positive
Gloucester Cathedral has removed a video of a Muslim Imam conducting prayer from the internet after it sparked outrage among some Christians.
The traditional Muslim invocation to worship was performed in front of 1,200 people at the launch of a multi-cultural Faith Exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral.
Imam Hassan of the local Masjid-e-Noor mosque was invited by church leaders to carry it out in the cathedral’s 11th century Chapter House.
Many worshippers welcomed the ‘inclusive’ act but some traditionalists questioned why a ‘different God’ should be worshipped in such an iconic Christian house.
A clip of the call to prayer was initially shared on the cathedral’s Facebook page but then taken down as ‘inappropriate’ as tensions rose.
Artist Russell Haines, who painted the portraits in the exhibition, said some of the comments were ‘completely unacceptable’.
‘My understanding of Christianity is that it is about tolerance and understanding so to say the things that were said is not very Christian at all,’ he told MailOnline.