Mother Agnes: Bearing False Witness in the House of God

[The following is the text of an email sent to since she is scheduled to speak at their church, St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral. Please copy, paste, adjust it for your own needs, and send!]

To Whom It May Concern:
On December 6, your church is hosting an event “What Is Really  Happening in Syria Today?” featuring Mother Agnès-Mariam as the keynote speaker.

You should know the following about Mother Agnès-Mariam:

  • She claimed that the Syrian opposition faked films of the Syrian government’s August 21, 2013 sarin-gas attack on Ghouta in the suburbs of Damascus. In her 50-page dossier on the horrible events of that fateful morning, she wrote that the dead, gassed children documented in those videos “seem mostly sleeping” and “under anaesthesia.” This ludicrous claim was flatly dismissed by Human Rights Watch: “there’s just no basis for the claims advanced by Mother Agnes. … [W]e have found no evidence to indicate any of the videos were fabricated.”
  • Syrian Christians for Peace denounced Mother Agnès for claiming that there had never been a single peaceful demonstration in Syria. They accused her of failing to disburse any of the money she raised in the name of their beleaguered community and even asked “that she be excommunicated and prevented from speaking in the name of the Order of Carmelites.”
  • According to Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a Jesuit priest exiled by the Syrian government for speaking out against its suppression of peaceful protests and kidnapped by al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, ISIS, Mother Agnes “has been consistent in assuming and spreading the lies of the regime, and promoting it through the power of her religious persona. She knows how to cover up the brutality of the regime” and her reconciliation movement Mussalaha Initiative “does not exist on the ground.” This makes her not only a fraud but a partisan in the Syrian civil war; her allegiance is to the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad.
  • Her November 11 appearance at the Unitarian Church in Vancouver was cancelled for the above reasons. Almost 1,000 people have signed a petition against allowing her to speak from public platforms for the purpose of misleading people about what is going on in Syria. When independent journalists Jeremy Scahill and Owen Jones learned that they were scheduled to speak at the same anti-war conference as her in London, they refused to attend, forcing her to cancel her engagement there in order to avoid scandalizing and undermining the event.

To host her on December 6 at your church would be to allow her to bear false witness against the Syrian people in the house of God.

I urge you to reconsider this course of action and to think of the over 120,000 Syrians who have been killed and the 7 million who have been forced to flee their homes by the very government Mother Agnès-Mariam vigorously defends.


  1. Dave said:

    I attended the Dec. 1st meeting in Hamilton, Ontario to hear “mother” Agnes Mariam speak about Syria yesterday. I distributed 40 leaflets outside encouraging attendees to check out the Syrian Canadian Council’s (from Montreal) side of the story.

    Fifty people, maybe more (not bad). The organizers were a little upset by me. I was distracted by one guy for some time who discussed the issues with me while attendees got in but I still was able to hand out 40 leaflets (which included the Nov 29th Kafranbel.jpg and contact information for the Syrian Canadian Council) and make contact with a Hamilton Spectator reporter.

    Another guy, who I’ve seen at NDP meetings in Hamilton for the last 10 years (I’m NDP but obviosly have problems with the party’s foreign policy) was taking pictures of me. An old intimidation tactic but I was flattered.

    The guy who I was arguing with was very polite and he invited me to ask Agnes a question, which I did via a written note. This organizer said the Syrian Canadian Council were Islamists but I don’t know how serious he was about that.

    Agnes spoke for about an hour and I left after she answered my question and one other. She seemed very reasonable by her answers contradicted what she has been quoted as saying before. For example, she has advanced a big conspiracy theory about the chemical attacks being the work of Jihadis or the US or something but in Hamilton she claimed not to be an expert on this matter; so, she’s learned her lesson.

    The audience included the Hamilton Labour Council president, a university professor and the usual “peace-activists”. I didn’t see the pro-fascist left as increasing their numbers in that crowd.

    Around 5 pm I phoned the Hamilton Spectator reporter and we discussed why I was working against Agnes Mariam but I haven’t seen any article from her. Maybe they decided that Agnes is not deserving of any free publicity.

    I emailed her these two articles:


    • Not George Sabra said:

      Excellent report and thank you for posting!


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