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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 02:43 PM
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Vatican: "Christians enjoyed security and relative freedom" under Saddam Regime

http://www.aina.org/news/20090713131843.htm

Vatican City (DPA) -- Pope Benedict XVI condemned the latest attacks against Christians in Iraq and urged the country's authorities to increase efforts to 'promote peace' between the various religious communities, the Vatican's newspaper reported Monday.

Benedict made the appeal in a message to the Catholic Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, the daily L'Osservatore Romano said.

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The Vatican newspaper noted how under Saddam Hussein's regime which was toppled in a 2003 US-led invasion, 'Christians enjoyed security and relative freedom.'

It also noted that before the invasion some 800,000 Christians lived in the country, while according to 'various estimates' the number currently stands at around 500,000 with many having fled abroad.

Also on Sunday, an Iraqi Christian official, Aziz Rozko Hanna, director of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk's Department of Financial Control, was assassinated. Gunmen pulled him from his car and shot him dead while his daughter looked on.

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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 02:45 PM
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1. Actually that is true.. there were over a million Christians in Iraq
pre 2003..
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Eryemil Donating Member (958 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:41 PM
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9. The punishment for being homosexuality was just a few months of jail time too...
Now it's horrible, unspeakable torture and death.
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 02:50 PM
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2. Republicans are probably going "LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU" to the Pope now
Republicans are probably going "LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU" to the Pope now. They love it when the Pope wags his finger at Democrats and talks down to them. I had more than one email from Republican members of my family that were chock full of gleefulness that the Pope did that when Nancy Pelosi when she went to Rome. But now it's the sound of crickets.
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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 02:56 PM
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3. Compared to the rest of the region, he was practically 'progessive'.
Yes, he did some bad things, so in the absolute sense he was a bad guy.
However, if you look at him along with the policies and practices of the rest of the region and judge him on a relative scale, he suddenly doesn't look so terrible.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 03:05 PM
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4. Unfortunately Biggie Ratz is right on this one.
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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 03:07 PM
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5. He kept radical fundamentalism out of Iraq.
A fact totally lost on the right-wing fuqtards in this nation.
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 03:08 PM
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6. I recall reading somewhere years ago that
Saddam described himself as "not very religious."
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:06 PM
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7. Yes, it was a corrupt and brutal regime ...
... but it was a SECULAR corrupt and brutal regime.
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:23 PM
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8. another group to add to the list
which includes women and gays. bush, inc destroyed that country.
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Blue For You Donating Member (466 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:56 PM
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10. It was a Christian invasion, with bogus intel. That can't be good
for spreading the "Jesus loves you" meme.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 04:57 PM
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11. This is true. Hussein was a secular ruler.
Edited on Mon Jul-13-09 04:58 PM by JVS
He did start making concessions to the religious after Gulf War I, when suddenly Allah's name appeared on the flag.
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 05:26 PM
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12. A jew, a christian, and a muslim walk into a bar ...

































that's all folks!
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