Saturday, October 11, 2008

Iraqi Christians Told to Convert, pay Jizyah or die!!

Several months ago I reported that Iraq was turning into the Islamic Republic of Iraq , as Christianity is clearly under attack there. Today a new report comes out showing that the situation for Iraqi Christians has gotten even worse. They have been told to convert, pay jizyah or die. We have let the Islamic genie out of the bottle in Iraq.

Sat October 11, 2008
Christians flee Iraqi city after killings, threats, officials say

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 900 Christian families have fled Mosul in the past week, terrified by a series of killings and threats by Muslim extremists ordering them to convert to Islam or face possible death, officials said Saturday.

The attacks may have been prompted by Christian demonstrations ahead of provincial elections, which are to be held by the end of January, the deputy governor of Nineveh province said.

Deputy Gov. Khasro Goran said 13 Christians have been slain in the past two weeks inMosul, about 260 miles (420 kilometers) north of Baghdad. Fleeing Christians have sought refuge in monasteries and churches and with family members in other towns, an Interior Ministry official said.

The attacks began after hundreds of Christians took to the streets in Mosul and surrounding villages and towns, seeking greater representation on provincial councils, whose members will be chosen in the local elections.

Duraid Mohammed Kashmoula, Nineveh's governor, told The Associated Press that the exodus was "a major displacement."

"Of course, al Qaeda elements are behind this campaign against Christians," Kashmoula told AP.

The Interior Ministry official said the homes of three families were destroyed with explosives Saturday after the occupants left. No injuries were reported.

A week ago, leaflets were distributed in several predominantly Christian neighborhoods, threatening families to "either convert to Islam or pay the jizyah or leave the city or face death," said the Interior Ministry official.

Historically, jizya is a tax paid by non-Muslims in exchange for protection.

Goran said that a few days after the leaflets were passed out, gunmen set up checkpoints in parts of Mosul, stopping vehicles to inspect identification papers, searching for Christian names or other signs of religious affiliation. Many of the Christians killed were targeted in this way, he said.

Bashir Azoz, 45, told AP he fled his Mosul home after gunmen warned a neighbor to leave or be killed.

"Where is the government and its security forces as these crimes take place every day?" asked Azoz, a carpenter who is staying with his wife and three children in a town about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Mosul, according to AP.

The Rev. Bolis Jacob, of Mosul's Mar Afram Church, told AP he couldn't understand the attacks.

"We respect the Islamic religion and the Muslim clerics," he said. "We don't know under what religion's pretexts these terrorists work."

Goran said police have set up security checkpoints in Christian neighborhoods.

In response to the violence, Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qader al-Obaidi visited Mosul on Saturday morning, conducting meetings with local authorities and military commanders.

His spokesman, Mohammed al-Askari, said that in addition to ordering more checkpoints in Christian neighborhoods, al-Obaidi ordered more troops deployed, additional security patrols and an increase in aerial surveillance of Christian areas.

Al-Obaidi also ordered more guards for Christian clerics, al-Askari said.

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Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we Americans share some of the guilt associated with this sorry state of affairs. The Constitution of Iraq, which nation we helped liberate, for which our kids shed their precious blood - its preamble is based on the koran!!! How the heck did we allow this? What these thugs are doing are based directly on the dictates of the koran, and thus passes Iraqi Constitutional muster! Sad to state this, but perhaps things were better for Christians under the dictator Sadaam.


Christopher Logan said...

Our naive leaders allowed it to happen. Bush and company only think that violent Islam is the problem. When the truth is that political Islam is an even bigger threat to life as we know it. In other words, our leaders do not understand Islam.

John Sobieski said...

violent islam, radical islam, fundamental islam, moderate islam, political's all the same to me, Islam. The West continues to allow Muslims to immigrate and they are busy, busy, busy. Bush can't even understand why this is happening, he can't get his little brain to understand this is the dogma of Islam, its mandate. Most politicians just can't get that. It's so foreign to them. I am sorry for the Christians of Iraq and so many other countries where Islam is in a cleansing mode, ridding dar al islam of the filth of the infidels.

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