Iraq peace activists mourns Tom Fox's death

Colleagues of Christian peacemaker Tom Fox, whose body was found in Baghdad on the weekend, pays tribute to his work and urged Christians not to demonise those responsible for his abduction and death.

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) said a few days ago that they considered the invasion of Iraq to be the root cause of the abductions.

"In grief we tremble before God who wraps us with compassion. The death of our beloved colleague and friend pierces us with pain" a statement from the groups said last night.

CTP, which works in partnership with the UK-based think-tank Ekklesia, extended its "deep and heartfelt condolences to the family and community of Tom Fox."

The statement said that that Tom Fox had "a lightness of spirit, a firm opposition to all oppression, and the recognition of God in everyone."

CPT renewed its plea for the safe release of Harmeet Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember.

But they said; "Each of our team mates has responded to Jesus' prophetic call to live out a non-violent alternative to the cycle of violence and revenge."

"In response to Tom's passing, we ask that everyone set aside inclinations to vilify or demonise others, no matter what they have done.

Quoting Tom Fox, they said: "We reject violence to punish anyone. We ask that there be no retaliation on relatives or property. We forgive those who consider us their enemies. We hope that in loving both friends and enemies and by intervening non-violently to aid those who are systematically oppressed, we can contribute in some small way to transforming this volatile situation."

Speaking about Fox they said: "Even as we grieve the loss of our beloved colleague, we stand in the light of his strong witness to the power of love and the courage of non-violence. That light reveals the way out of fear and grief and war."

Christian peacemakers warn against demonisation following death of Tom Fox (Ekklesia 10/3/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian peacemaker Tom Fox killed in Iraq (Ekklesia 10/3/06)
Christian peacemaker killed in Iraq (Independent Catholic News 11/3/06)
100 days of captivity for Christian peacemakers marked with vigils (Ekklesia 6/3/06)
Liberal groups demonstrate for disarmament in England (Catholic World News 1/3/06)
Peace requires respect for religious beliefs (Vatican Information Service 20/2/06)
Belgian missionary, accused of genocide, wins peace prize (Catholic World News 17/2/06)

13 Mar 2006