Project Manager of Interfaith Glasgow, Rose Drew, met on Wednesday with First Minister Alex Salmond and a handful of other delegates to discuss recently published statisics on religiously aggravated offending in Scotland 2012-13.

Although hate crimes motivated by prejudice against Islam were up, this rise can be accounted for by the 57 charges brought against participants in a single EDL/SDL march at the beginning of the year. But there is no room for complacency. In response to recent events down south, it’s crucial that we step up our efforts to build interfaith bridges, so as to nurture interfaith friendships, tackle prejudice and fear, and show a united front to those who seek to sow seeds of division in our society. The First Minister agreed that projects like Interfaith Glasgow have a crucial role to play here.