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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-17-06 02:06 PM
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Christians persecuted in Iraq, Priest beheaded
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/world/middleeast/17christians.html?ref=world

Don'tcha just love all that Freedom we brought over there? Sunnis and Shi'ites are killing each other like there's no tomorrow, they're both ('insurgents') killing our people, and now religious fanatics are targeting Christians.

Everybody knows this so-called "battle for freedom" is a SHAM, and every American life wasted while our gov't sits on their asses, blabbers about a 'Plan B' and bides time until Election Day is (MORE) blood on their stinking hands.



In the northern city of Mosul, a priest from the Syriac Orthodox Church was kidnapped last week. His church complied with his captors demands and put up posters denouncing recent comments made by the pope about Islam, but he was killed anyway. The police found his beheaded body on Wednesday.

Muslim fury over Pope Benedict XVIs public reflections on Islam in Germany a month ago when he quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor as calling Islam evil and inhuman has subsided elsewhere, but repercussions continue to reverberate in Iraq, bringing a new level of threat to an already shrinking Christian population.

Several extremist groups threatened to kill all Christians unless the pope apologized. Sunni and Shiite clerics united in the condemnation, calling the comments an insult to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. In Baghdad, many churches canceled services after receiving threats. Some have not met since.

After the popes statement, people began to fear much more than before, said the Rev. Zayya Edward Khossaba, the pastor of the Church of the Virgin Mary. The actions by fanatics have increased against Christians.



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