My Friend Ahmed

by
Abby Zimet

A cool little
story on a 12th-century cathedral in Lyon, France, where a stonemason decided to immortalize his friend and colleague Ahmed
Benzizine, an Algerian Muslim stonemason who has worked on the building for decades, with a gargoyle
modelled on him. Nicknamed "Ahmed," it is inscribed, "God Is Great" in
French and Arabic. The gesture of faith and good will was promptly
followed by an outcry from some right-wingers. These people grow tiresome.

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