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The last Christians in Iraq
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:59:33 PM »

The last Christians in Iraq
By Lela GilbertPublished July 22,

Car by car, family by family, frightened Iraqi Christians by the thousands fled their ancient Iraqi homeland over the weekend. With broken hearts and little more than the clothes on their backs, they’ve left behind their houses, businesses, and churches – everything they’ve known.

The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group announced through their mosques on Friday afternoon that local Christians must either convert to Islam, pay an exorbitant Muslim tax – the jizya, which amounts to protection money – or leave the city. If they did not conform to these demands by noon on Saturday, July 19, there would be “nothing for them but the sword.”

Christianity is not new to the region. It was introduced by two of Jesus’ own disciples – St. Thomas and St. Thaddeus (also known as St. Jude) in the 1st Century.

But the ancient roots of Iraq’s Christianity have now been violently ripped out of the country’s spiritual soil.

'Convert, pay the jizya tax, or die,' means, quite simply, that there is little alternative but to flee.
Most of the Nineveh Plain’s Christians – once numbering more than a hundred thousand – had already fled to Erbil and other destinations in Kurdistan before ISIS’s recent declaration, seeking the protection of the Kurdish Peshmerga’s warriors.

Now the rest of the refugees – many of the last Christians in Iraq – have joined them.

It’s not surprising that the vicious tactics of the IS/ISIS terrorists horrify most observers. As is often reported on social media – with substantial videographic evidence – they have beheaded, mutilated, raped, stoned and even crucified those whose behavior is “unIslamic” or whose religious convictions displease them.

The West has managed to muster a tepid response. For example on Sunday, a statement emanating from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s spokesman:

“...condemned in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of minority populations in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) and associated armed groups. He is particularly disturbed by reports of threats against Christians in Mosul and other IS-controlled parts of Iraq, including an ultimatum to either convert, pay a tax, leave, or face imminent execution…”

The UN, US, EU and numerous others have all denounced IS/ISIS.

But the various powers’ “strongly worded” official condemnations seem to be little more than indignant complaints.

President Obama, for example, has demonstrated no inclination to apply American muscle to ISIS. Speaking about their activities in Syria, he explained,

"What we can't do is think that we're just going to play Whac-a-Mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up…."

Rather than fighting fire with fire, western leaders apparently imagine that diplomatic endeavors – including “strongly worded” denunciations – will stop zealous murderers in their tracks.


Obama and his cohorts seem to have an astonishingly high regard for their persuasive skills.

At the same time, they demonstrate only a dim awareness of the terrorists’ fierce religious fervor.

Devoutly committed to radical Islamist ideology – whether of the Sunni or Shia variety – fanatics like ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Iran’s ayatollahs quite sincerely view the West as the primary force of evil in the world.

Why would such “holy warriors” negotiate with western evildoers?

Only, perhaps, to deceive them.

In Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and elsewhere, it is abundantly clear that such niceties as “dialogue” are of little interest to bloodthirsty savages.

In the meantime, as American strength diminishes around the globe, the dangers posed by radical Islamist groups like ISIS are exploding exponentially.

And where does this leave the Iraq’s Christians and other minorities whose lives are at stake? Sadly, they are well aware that no host of valiant defenders is going to come to their rescue. In fact, the Iraqi Army virtually melted away when ISIS appeared.

So for the Christians, “Convert, pay the jizya tax, or die,” means, quite simply, that there is little alternative but to flee  --  except in a small number of villages over which Kurdistan has extended a protective umbrella. 

Thus, most Christians have fled.

Still, some intrepid Iraqi Christians refuse to give up.  “If we all leave, it sends the message that there is nowhere safe for Christians to live in Iraq — and this worries me,” Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Yohanna Petros Mouche, told the Washington Post.  “I’m not a vagabond. This is my home, and I will die here if necessary.”

Such fortitude is inspiring. And yet courage and determination cannot eclipse such excruciating losses.  Whether Iraq’s Christians stay or go, nothing can remove the devastating sense of injury and injustice they are experiencing.

 “Many Christians interviewed expressed a sense of utter abandonment and desolation,” the New York Times reported. They remarked that the sound of church bells mingled with the Muslim calls to prayer – a symbol of Mosul’s long-standing religious tolerance – “would likely never be heard again.”

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Re: The last Christians in Iraq
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 04:07:52 PM »
We need to be in prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq (and elsewhere in the ME where the religion of peace is slaughtering them).   
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Re: The last Christians in Iraq
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014, 04:12:00 PM »
Sounds like Kurdistan is amassing ever more people who may very well support an independent Kurdistan.

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Re: The last Christians in Iraq
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014, 04:15:45 PM »
Sounds like Kurdistan is amassing ever more people who may very well support an independent Kurdistan.

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Iraqi Christians Facing a Holocaust
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 07:22:40 AM »

Iraqi Christians Facing a Holocaust

By Onan Coca   / 23 July 2014   / 0 Comments   

Over the weekend the Islamic monsters who make up ISIS gave a brutal command to the Christians in the territory they rule. “for Christians to evacuate themselves … only to later end on Saturday, September 21 at noon … After this deadline, there is nothing left between us and them, but the sword.”

ISIS order

The only way for Christians to ensure that they survive would be to flee ISIS territory in less than 24 hours.

Already, ISIS had been clamping down on the local Christian minority – demanding that Christians be fired from their jobs and marking their homes and businesses with the Arabic letter “N” which stands for “Nusrani” or Nazarene or Christian.


There is a way for Christians to escape murder or flight… all they would have to do is pay a poll tax. However, a poll tax is not simply a financial obligation. In Islam, the poll tax is much more akin to permanent indentured servitude or slavery. It requires dressing in a manner different from everyone else so that you are easily identifiable to the community, and is eerily reminiscent of how the Jews were treated during the Nazi reign in Europe.

(For more on this read here.)

Christians have been fleeing ISIS controlled Iraq and Syria for weeks now in an exodus that is unparalleled in the regions recent history. But their flight is becoming all too common throughout the Islamic World, as Muslim nations do their best to purge themselves of all remnants of the Christian faith.

Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako, who heads Iraq's largest Christian community, said the terrifying ultimatum had been relayed by mosques in ISIS-controlled Mosul.

He told AFP: 'Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil [in Kurdistan]. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians.'

Most Christians in the northwestern Nineveh province fled in terror after jihadist-led militants enforcing an extreme version of sharia - or Islamic law - launched an offensive on June 9.

But many of the poorest families returned when the fighting stopped and ISIS started administering the city.

Mr Sako said the number of Christians who were still in Mosul on Thursday was around 25,000.

Today, Human Rights Watch said the Islamic State 'seems intent on wiping out all traces of minority groups from areas it now controls in Iraq.'

According to other sources, by the weekend almost all Christians had fled Mosul in search of haven elsewhere. Sadly, some simply cannot leave.

Most Christians have fled already but according to sources, there are 250 Christian families left behind unable to leave and face persecution or slaughter.

We at Eagle Rising fear for the safety of our brothers and sisters all over the Islamic world… but in particular, for those facing persecution today from the evil fascist ISIS regime. We ask that you might stand with us to support them and make their plight known throughout the world.

N - Nusrani - Christian

This is the letter “N” in Arabic. We would ask that you change your social media profile picture to this. When your friends and family ask you what it means, please tell them about the dangers our brothers and sisters in Christ face in the Islamic world.

Tell them that ISIS is marking their homes and demanding money in exchange for their lives. Tell them that today Muslim soldiers are terrorizing, raping and killing innocent men, women and children… simply because they are Christians.

This is not something for the history books. This did not happen in the Middle Ages. This is happening now. And we can do something about it, if we work together. If we demand that our government apply pressure on governments throughout the Islamic world – specifically on this subject, we can affect change.

Will you join us in spreading the word of the evil works being committed in the name of Islam?

Let us fight in the ways that we are able.

Let us do what is within our power to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being asked to bear such a heavy burden, a burden that none of us is yet being asked to bear.

Yes, pray for them. But we can also act.

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