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Lebanese Maronite League Questions the World Silence over Terrorizing Christians in Iraq
January 30, 06
The Lebanese Maronite League questions how the world, including its nation's, institutions, and organizations, and both the Arab and Islamic world in particular, are silent over the repeated terror that immerse Iraq in an ocean of its Christians' blood.
The Maronite League issued a statement in which it stated that it was horrified by the reprehensible and revolting crime of bombing seven churches in Baghdad and Kirkuk on Sunday January 29, 2006, where many were killed and injured.
In a related case according to Elaph, an Arabic pager, Muslim students in Mosul University on January 29 attacked dozens of Christian students. This happened primarly because a Danish newspaper had published an insulting caricature drawing of Muslim prophet Mohammad. a few months ago. Muslim clerics in Mosul, under pressure from Islamic militias, issued fatwa (religious edict) calling their followers to "expel the local Christians whom they call Crusaders and infidels from the streets, schools, and institutions because they offended the person of the prophet in Denmark."
There is a suspicion that the Bombing of the Churches may also be related to the incident in Denmark . Islamic extremist when at war with the west often punish the local Christians as a mean of retaliation by falsely claiming that western countries are driven by relgious extremism as they are. Christians of Iraq in no way are responsible for what a paper in Denmark or another country will publish.
Defining the Christians of Iraq Crusaders meaning invaders is untrue because they are the indigenous people of that country and were Christians seven centuries before the invasion of the Middle East by the Arabs who brought Islam to the region at the 7th century AD. At that time the majority of the Population in Mesopotamia was Christian Assyrian.
Assyrian Church liturgies is in the same ancient Aramaic dialect spoken by Jesus and his disciples - it is an Eastern Rite, and the Christians have done absolutely nothing to contribute to the violence in Iraq except to stay out of the way and attempt to avoid being murdered by the Islamic extremists who are all too happy to murder anyone that doesn't follow the Islamists' jihadi view of the world (this is not to say that there haven't been tensions between the Muslims and the Christians, because there indeed has been some serious problems - but for the most part they were instigated by Muslim extremists rather than the mainstream Muslim community).
To their credit :
Sunnis And Shiites of Iraq Condemned the Church Attacks
January 30, 06
Baghdad (AKI) -- Political and religious leaders from Iraq's Shiite and Sunni communities have unanimously condemned Sunday's car-bomb attacks on churches in the Kurdish city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and in the capital, Baghdad, which killed three people and wounded nine. A car-bomb also exploded outside the Vatican embassy on Sunday, although no casualties were reported.
The first condemnations of the bombings of a Catholic church in Kirkuk and Catholic and Anglican churches in Baghdad came from Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Others followed from the radical Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr , the Badr Brigade and from former Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi (a secular Shiite).
Later on Monday, the Muslim Ulema Council also condemned the bombings and warned that such acts jeopardised national security. "If anyone thinks these attacks can form a response to the recent Danish cartoons, they are very wrong. This is not the way to deal with the newspaper that has offended the prophet Mohammed," the Council said in a statement.
Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper has caused outrage among some Muslims in the Middle East by the publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, depicting him as a stereotypical Islamic terrorist. Saudi Arabia last week recalled its ambassador to Denmark for consultations.
Sunday's blasts were apparently co-ordinated, and took place within 20 minutes of each other, Iraqi police said. Three of the bombs went of in Baghdad, while a further two were detonated in Kirkuk. In Baghdad, St Joseph's Catholic church in the suburb of Sinaa and an Anglican church in the eastern Nidhal area were hit. In Kirkuk, a bomb exploded at the Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary, as well as the Kirkuk Orthodox Church. They were the first attacks against christian churches since December's parliamentary elections.
Churches in Iraq have been the target of previous bombings. In August 2004, a series of attack targeting churches in Mosul, northern Iraq, and in Baghdad, killed at least 12 people and injured dozens.
There are some 800,000 Christians in Iraq - about three percent of Iraq's population of 26 million.
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