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Iraq's Disappearing Christians


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Madalena
- 3358 days ago - gainesville.com
Now the Christian population of Iraq is down to about a fourth of what it was before the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. Christians are publicly harassed; their women are insulted for not dressing as Muslims; their businesses destroyed; and thei



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Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 1:12 pm
Ten percent of Iraqis were Christians 6 years ago, according to the iraqi government. Under Saddam Hussein the Christians in Iraq were protected by the Baathist state and not harmed. Accordingly they were allowed to live, work and practice their religion free of official harassment subject only to the same constraints imposed by law on all Iraqis.

Now the Christian population of Iraq is down to about a fourth of what it was before the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. Christians are publicly harassed; their women are insulted for not dressing as Muslims; their businesses destroyed; and their churches are bombed, with the result that many are fleeing abroad.

Long before the birth of Mohamed, Christianity was the dominant religion in Iraq and after more than a millennium after the Islamic conquest, the Chaldean and Assyrian Ancient Churches of Mesopotamia had survived, only now to face eradication because democracy has empowered intolerant fanatics to attack, kill, expel, and kidnap for ransom the powerless Christians.

On March 31, an Assyrian Church in Tehran was ordered to be closed by the Islamic Revolutionary Court. On April 2, 3 Christians were killed in their homes in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad, a historic Christian community. On April 4, a Christian man was gunned down in his workshop in Mosul.

Happy Easter! I hope that the U. S. is proud of its Iraqi democracy!For references and far more stories seehttp://www.christiansofiraq.com/

Emma Khoury,

Gainesville
 
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