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The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its shock and sadness at the killings that took place in the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec on the evening of January 29th. We offer condolences to the Muslim community in Quebec and take this moment to reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Muslim sentiment. We pray that God will give comfort to all who have suffered in the attack.

It is heartening to know that Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds have come to the assistance of their Muslim neighbors in response to this attack. Their actions live out our thoughts. We stand in solidarity with them, and particularly with our friends at the Canadian Council of Churches. NCC General Secretary and President Jim Winkler has been in direct contact with Rev. Karen Hamilton, general secretary of the CCC.

Canada has been a bright beacon for immigrants during this dark time and now the forces of hatred have tried to turn off that light. May we all find hope in the words of Canada’s prime minister: “To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you regardless of your faith.  Diversity is our strength.” We are encouraged, as this shows the light of reason and welcome is still shining in Canada.