The leaders of the Canadian Council of Churches, of which The Salvation Army is a member, have written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper over the nature of Canada's involvement in the military response to ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Read an excerpt from the letter below, or download the full letter in English [PDF]. En français.

Download a copy of the CCC President Lt-Colonel Jim Champ's cover letter [PDF]. En français.


The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 1 613 941 6900

Re: Canada's Current Military Mission in Iraq and Syria

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

With you and all Canadians we are deeply troubled by the rise of what has been called by several names: the Islamic State (IS), the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This group has been responsible for brutal killings and kidnappings, and other deliberate and massive violations of basic human rights including the displacement and murder of historic Christian communities and the targeting of other religious minorities. These atrocities amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. We commend the Government of Canada for recognizing the gravity of this situation.

We also have serious questions about how Canada is responding. Military intervention will not bring an end to the conflict without a broader internationally sanctioned strategy for achieving sustainable peace in Iraq and Syria. Our partners in the region have expressed concerns about acts of violence that will foster new or renewed grievances, further fracturing the social fabric of Middle Eastern society and making the restoration of peace a more difficult task. We are convinced that military efforts to end or limit the present atrocities must be accompanied by other steps.

We have consulted widely with Churches and our other partners and agencies in the Middle East since the summer of 2014 to hear their concerns and receive advice on how we as Canadian churches, and Canada as a country, can make the most constructive contribution to building peace in Iraq, Syria and in the wider Middle East region. Members of The Canadian Council of Churches continue to reflect on the implications of extending Canada's military mission to Syria.


On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Richard Peters said:

I am extremely disappointed that The Salvation Army would not support the destruction of those wishing the destruction of austral and the Jewish people. Has the Army forgotten their biblical lineage? You won't defend your own family? Get out if this organization. Remember the scripture about those defending, or not defending, Isreal.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Obasi Chidiebere said:

Good stuff. However, it seems that the Salvation Army's benevolent spirit is waning. Since the ISIS uprising, there have been no profound charitable activity of the Salvation Army there; this is so uncharacteristic of the Army.
Keeping mum and showing indifference to regions with pressing basic needs easily writes off our silvern mantra: where there's need there's the Salvation army. There's Nigeria where the horrific activities of Boko Haram has displaced well over a hundred thousand, yet there is hardly any Salvation army chariable activity there. Just what is wrong. There's Kenya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq etc.
May God bless the army!

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Eric Warr said:

To rebuild From ISIS, or Bin, will take a lot more than the military; to get to the rebuilding will likely, sadly, take a lot more military intervention.
UN, NATO, Arab Nations League, etc., have to recognize the extent of the threat, and act on it- I don't think anyone is thinking this a bunch of really nice guys they are dealing with here..!

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