Canadian faith leaders have lashed out at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he invoked the “Emergencies Act” earlier this week to crush the ongoing “Freedom Convoy” protest.
Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC), an activist Christian group covering the “the breakdown of liberty in Canada” published an open letter to Trudeau urging him to drop pandemic mandates and “restore the constitutional freedoms of the people.”
“Too much ground has been conceded to this immoral agenda. All our institutions are fallen to it. Our schools, our lawfirms and courts, universities, even many churches. A regime and agenda based on lies is being coercive in order to maintain its power,” LCC President Rev. Michael Thiessen, one of the leading signatories on the letter, told The Daily Wire in a statement.
“We feel it is the Christian and moral responsibility of men of God to speak as socio-spiritual commentators (in a word — prophets) to our leaders and society regarding the secular authoritarianism taking hold of our nation,” he said.
The letter defends the protesters who have demonstrated in Ottawa outside of Parliament in recent weeks against ongoing pandemic and vaccine mandates.
The leaders wrote:
In recent weeks, the hugely popular truckers convoy containing many Christians (including pastors), has captured the imagination not only of this nation but other nations around the world, laying bare that what we have expressed and argued for months is indeed representative of the concerns of millions of ordinary Canadians who value peace, personal responsibility and liberty.
The Ottawa protest has presented your government with a wonderful opportunity to meet with and speak to ordinary Canadians lawfully and peaceably requiring the restoration of their constitutional rights.
However, in response to their singing, praying, dancing, candy floss, bouncy castles, speeches about the constitution and outpourings of patriotic love for the country, your government has not only refused to meet with these citizens to hear their concerns, you have insulted, denigrated and lied about them, further dividing a hurting and broken nation.
Trudeau said he invoked the act as a “last resort” to bust up the trucker protests.
The clergy letter continued:
As such, we as Christian pastors condemn in the strongest possible terms your unprecedented invoking of the Emergency Powers Act (1988) with the intent of bringing unaccountable state power to bear on peaceful citizens – “men women, and children” – who have been stripped of their fundamental freedoms for two years and who have in many cases lost everything as a result of your government’s mandates. T
here is no national emergency and to invoke one to crush peaceful political dissent is a totalitarian act of repression displaying weakness not strength. These tyrannical actions are exposing this government and people to the judgment of God, and we are deeply concerned that you do not appreciate the significance of God’s wrath upon a rebellious and lawless nation.
We implore you to step back from the brink, restore the constitutional freedoms of the people, respect the God-given rights of our citizenry and above all to humble yourself and take a knee before Christ the King lest you perish in the way. We urge you to repent of the sins of pride, rebellion against God, and bearing false witness.
You have not displayed a brotherly care and love for these honest hard-working people who have tried to peacefully bring their very serious concerns to your attention.