Monday, March 25, 2013

Iraq: Churches disappearing faster than a chocolate cake at a Weight Watchers meeting

Of the 300 churches in Iraq in 2003, today finds only 57 left.  The persecution and cleansing of non-Muslims from Iraq has been proceeding apace for years now, yet no one in the West will talk about it.  For to do so would be Islamophobic, and we just can't have that.

From FOXNews March 21 by Perry Chiaramonte

Christians, churches dwindling in Iraq since start of war 10 years ago

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq says that the number of Christian houses of worship there has dwindled alarmingly in the decade since the U.S. invaded and ousted Saddam Hussein from power.

There are just 57 Christian churches in the entire country, down from more than 300 as recently as 2003, Patriarch Louis Sako told Egyptian-based news agency MidEast Christian News. The churches that remain are frequent targets of Islamic extremists, who have driven nearly a million Christians out of the land, say human rights advocates.

“The last 10 years have been the worst for Iraqi Christians because they bore witness to the biggest exodus and migration in the history of Iraq,” William Warda, the head of the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization told the news agency.

Many Christians live in the provinces of Baghdad, Nineveh, and Kirkuk, and Dohuk and Erbil, which are both in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Warda said some 1.4 million Christians lived in Iraq prior to Hussein's ouster. Under the democratically-elected government that now oversees the war-torn, but oil-rich nation, Islamic extremists have been able to operate more freely.

“More than two-thirds [of Christians] have emigrated,” Warda noted.

Not by choice, but by threats and intimidation from jihadists following the words of Muhammad.  

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