We must not grant terrorists the victory of allowing their barbaric acts to set us against each other. Now, more than ever, it is vital that good people of all religions and none stand together in solidarity to profess our shared humanity and our commitment to peace, freedom, and compassion. We live at a time when forces of ignorance and hatred seek to destroy these values in our society: only by refusing to let fear and suspicion hold sway will we protect them. On Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of Scottish Interfaith Week―a period in which people from across Scotland will reach out to each other to build bridges of friendship and understanding.
In solidarity with our friends across the Channel and all those suffering in these troubled times, let us continue to work together for a more humane world.