(RNS) The missile strikes ordered against Syria by President Trump have prompted widespread responses from a variety of religious leaders, and their reactions also range widely.
Here is a roundup of some initial takes:
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April 4.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference:
“The world community cannot sit idly by while brutal dictators like Bashar al-Assad are allowed to terrorize their own people and defying every international law and convention in the process. Our continued inaction would be our complicity. Too many lines have been crossed and too many lives lost. Meanwhile terrorists have seized upon the region’s instability, using it to wage jihad and deploy terrorists around the world, including to Europe and the United States. Thankfully, it seems the days of allowing such atrocities to be left unchecked are over.”
Statement from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization:
“This limited attack will not end the ongoing genocide that has resulted in the death, injury, rape, torture, and displacement of millions of innocent Syrians whose only ‘crime’ was seeking freedom and self-determination, but it is a welcome recognition of the genocidal actions carried out for six years by the murderous Assad regime and its allies.”