Quakers in Britain deplore decision on air strikes

By agency reporter
December 3, 2015

Quakers in Britain have opposed the House of Commons vote to extend air strikes to ISIS targets in Syria. The vote was 397 for and 223 votes against taking military action in Syria.

Paul Parker, Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain said: “Bombing is no solution. Quakers work faithfully for peace, not war, respecting the value of all human life and we deplore a decision which will lead to lives being lost.

“Quakers call for a creative nonviolent response, respecting the humanity of all in the region. Bombing and continued arms sales only fuel the war and lead more people into the hands of extremists. Invest in peace, not war."

* Read Quakers in Britain statement on terrorism here : http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/22359

* Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend 478 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.

*Quakers in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/

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