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Sat Jul 26, 2014, 02:56 PM

Religious & political leaders offer hope amid despair to persecuted Iraqi Christians

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Source: East County Magazine

July 26, 2014 (El Cajon)--Local political and religious leaders offered messages of hope for Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution and genocide in Iraq, many of them seeking to find refuge in America. They offered a safe haven here in East County, as well as political actions now underway in Washington D.C. and Sacramento to aid Christians in their homeland.

“When they come here, I want you to tell them they will be safe here,” Mayor Bill Wells told the crowd during a prayer vigil in El Cajon’s Centennial Plaza last night that was attended by an estimated 2,000 people. The Mayor denounced the “unconscionable” slaughter of Iraqi Christians by ISIS terrorists who have declared a caliphate, or Muslim state, in the Mosul area, where churches dating back to Biblical times are being destroyed and Christians ordered to convert to Islam or die by the sword.

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Deacon Keith Esshaki with St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon offered chilling details on the situation in Iraq, which has worsened even since an ultimatum was issued days ago that offered Christians an option to pay a hefty tax to avoid being slaughtered.
Now, he revealed, “They took the tax option out.” Christians who refuse to convert to Islam now have only two choices. “Leave with only the clothes on their backs, or die by the sword.”





Read more: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/religious-and-political-leaders-offer-hope-amid-despair-iraqi-christians-prayer-vigil-el-cajon



There are three ways you can help these people. Two announcements were made at last night's rally of legislation soon to be introduced:

HR 663 will be introduced in Congress will call for a safe haven for Iraqi Christians. I haven't found it yet online but it should be available soon.

SCR 17 by Senator Anderson in California's legislature will be amended to ask the federal government to provide resources to create a safe haven for Iraqi Christians here in the U.S.

There is also a fund online to provide humanitarian aid to flee the slaughter in Iraq: www.GoFundMe.com/SaveIraqiChristians.

The transformation of the politics in this small town, El Cajon, has been nothing short of astonishing. Just a few months ago the former mayor stepped down amid complaints over remarks perceived as anti-Chaldean. The new mayor, also a Republican, has put the "compassionate" back into the phrase "compassionate conservative" in offering safe haven and welcome to Iraq's Christian refugees. The efforts locally to help them is bipartisan; both Democratic Congressional member Juan Vargas and Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter have joined in this cause to save lives.

Please share and help get the word out. What is happening there is a horror beyond imagining. Children are being beheaded, women raped and murdered. One had a crucifix driven through her throat by the terrorists. We have 40,000 Iraqi Chaldeans in El Cajon who ask where is the world outrage and why has nothing been done to help them? Churches dating back to Biblical times are being burned and history is also being destroyed in Mesopotamia. Religious leaders are being murdered, tortured and kidnapped.

The people there face a horrific choice: convert to Islam or die, if they cannot or will not flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs. And they are showing astounding courage. According to one speaker last night, he has heard that not a single Christian in Iraq has converted, choosing death or loss of everything they own to stand up for their beliefs instead.

Please spread the word so more people will know what is happening since ISIS, the Al Qaeda splinter group, took over the Mosul region and other towns. They are also shutting off water and power, forcing people out, and at the border checkpoints, seizing their cars and their food and their water, making them walk across the desert with nothing since the caliphate or Islamic state was declared.

What these innocent victims want the most is for the world to know, and to care.

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stonecutter357 Jul 2014 #2
brer cat Jul 2014 #3
aint_no_life_nowhere Jul 2014 #4
Dragonfli Jul 2014 #5
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Response to Liberty Belle (Original post)

Sat Jul 26, 2014, 03:10 PM

1. Now THESE are Christians who are genuinely facing persecution

THIS is persecution for reals.

It is NOT persecution when a white, upper-middle class American school is kindly asked to not hold prayer exercises during the school day. (They are welcome to pray on their own).

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Response to Liberty Belle (Original post)

Sat Jul 26, 2014, 03:16 PM

2. And number 4.Religious disaffiliation.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Original post)

Sat Jul 26, 2014, 03:29 PM

3. Behold: The true legacy of GWB & Darth Cheney.

There needs to be a prominent place in the a##hole's "library" for this.

Pulled out for emphasis...it is the least we can do:

There is also a fund online to provide humanitarian aid to flee the slaughter in Iraq: www.GoFundMe.com/SaveIraqiChristians.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Original post)

Sat Jul 26, 2014, 04:28 PM

4. So I take it this is a real story about ISIS

and not like the apparently bogus story circulated about the ISIS decree of forced genital mutilation for females. If this is a true story and not just an attempt to rile Christian conservatives (ISIS is scary enough already) then it seems that ISIS is taking its cues from the dark ages, when for example after the death of Mohammed the Arabs invaded North Africa where Christianity pre-dominated and forced the native population to convert to Islam or die. I couldn't open the link to read more.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 26, 2014, 04:50 PM

5. It's true

I heard about ISIS killing Christians in parts of Iraq including children from an Iraqi friend of mine (now an American citizen). He was appalled and told me he directed his brother living there (in an area not controlled by ISIS) to open a family house that had been closed since their father died to let some live there who were living in the streets after escaping.

I heard this on Monday or Tuesday (don't remember), so the killings have been going on for at least days before this was posted. According to Salim, Iraqis have been living in peace with Christians for a long time and that Iraqi Shia and Sunni had been as well. He says it is the Saudi Sunni that are causing the trouble, he claims that Isis are mostly sent there from Saudi Arabia (he is Shia if that matters, it doesn't to me).

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Response to Liberty Belle (Original post)

Sat Jul 26, 2014, 05:17 PM

6. Sorry, but we're locking this as a feature/analysis.

Also, the link doesn't work.

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