Faith Groups Speak Out on Syria

Aug 30, 2013

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Catholic Church

Pope Francis: “I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community. Moreover, all governments have the moral duty to do everything possible to ensure humanitarian assistance to those suffering because of the conflict, both within and beyond the country’s borders.”


United State Conference of Catholic Bishops

President Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates: “We have heard the urgent calls of the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis, and our suffering brother bishops of the venerable and ancient Christian communities of the Middle East. As one, they beg the international community not to resort to military intervention in Syria. They have made it clear that a military attack will be counterproductive, will exacerbate an already deadly situation, and will have unintended negative consequences. Their concerns find a strong resonance in American public opinion that questions the wisdom of intervention and in the lack of international consensus."


Shalom Center

Shalom Center

Rabbi Arthur Waskow:"What Obama was publicly proposing, “One Strike” to “punish” and “deter” chem-war, had a very risky flaw: It was essentially assuming "one-man chess.” Either the OneStrike would accomplish nothing real -- a useless act -- or if it did hurt, it might well push Assad into retaliating. If there were a response, a retaliatory attack on US forces or assets or on Israel, etc., would the US then shrug and do nothing – or would the US then re-retaliate? And then?"


Quakers in Britain

“Air strikes will kill people just as surely as chemical attacks. All weapons must seem equally abhorrent if it is your family that is being killed. Punishment for use of specific kinds of weapon is no justification for further acts of war or for supplying yet more weapons."


Presbyterian Church (USA)

Presbyterian Office of Public Witness: "We call upon the President and the members of Congress to follow the example of other strong leaders in the past by exercising the courage and wisdom to refrain from military action that is likely to escalate the conflict further, and to bring our country directly into another war in the Middle East."


World Evangelical Alliance

Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO:There is a major consensus amongst the Christian leaders in this region that any military intervention by the United States will have a detrimental effect on the situation and in particular for Christians in Syria...Christians have already been threatened in Syria by some of the opposition indicating that a post regime Syria will be Muslim and Christians will not be welcome.


Southern Baptist Convention

President Russell Moore : I do not see, from President Obama, a reasonable opportunity to prevail, or even a definition of what prevailing would mean. Regime change is not the point of this action, and even if it were, we don't yet know who the good guys are. Replacing one set of terrorists with another does not bring about justice or peace.


Jim Wallis, Former Member of the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Jim Wallis, Former Member of the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

The clear moral case for intervention requires a more imaginative moral response than military action. The complications of the Syrian situation must not lead to a passive response but to a more creative one. We need to create a unified international strategy to hold the Assad regime morally accountable for its actions.


Heads of U.S. Christian communions and organizations

Heads of U.S. Christian communions and organizations

"We urge you to refrain from the provision of military assistance to forces involved in the conflict in Syria. Military involvement will only further escalate an already brutal war and will, in fact, undermine the prospect of negotiations to ensure a just and sustainable future for all Syrians. Rather, the U.S. should call for all parties to cease all military activities in Syria and work urgently to de-escalate the crisis, together with other actors in the region and beyond."

American Baptist Churches USA
American Friends Service Committee
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Church of the Brethren
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Evangelicals for Social Action
Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice
Franciscan Friars English Speaking Conference
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
Jesuit Conference, USA
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Mennonite Church USA
Pax Christi International
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Reformed Church in America
United Church of Christ
Ecumenical Officer
The United Methodist Church
USP Missionary Oblates


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