The day after thousands of truckers and other protesters converged on Parliament Hill to call for an end to COVID-19 mandates and other public health restrictions, Mennonite Church Canada’s executive ministers released a statement decrying the white nationalism being expressed at related protests that are springing up across the country.
Released Sunday, Jan. 30, the message was signed by Doug Klassen (Mennonite Church Canada), Garry Janzen (MC B.C.), Michael Pahl (MC Manitoba), Leah Reesor-Keller (MC Eastern Canada), Josh Wallace (MC Saskatchewan) and Tim Wiebe-Neufeld (MC Alberta).
It states the following:
“As leaders within Mennonite Church Canada, we unequivocally denounce the symbols, words and actions of white nationalism being expressed in Ottawa and across the country at ‘Freedom Rallies.’ While we support the right of people to gather peacefully in protest of government laws perceived to be unjust, we cannot support any action that promotes anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or racism. Jesus calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves as an expression of our love for God (Mark 12:29-31), across categories of race, ethnicity, religion and gender (Luke 10:25-37; Galatians 3:28). We call on all Christians to walk in Jesus’ way of love.”
The statement concludes by referencing Philippians 2:4-5:
“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”