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#574627 --- 05/09/07 05:29 PM THIS is oppression of Christians
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To all the Christianist crybabies here in America who scream that war is being waged against them every time a nativity scene is removed from public land or a gay person is allowed to do, well, anything, I say read the following:

Iraq's Christian Minority Flees Violence
Half Of Nation's Christian Population May Have Left After Increasing Incidents Of Attacks And Kidnappings

(AP) Despite the chaos and sectarian violence raging across Baghdad, Farouq Mansour felt relatively safe as a Christian living in a multiethnic neighborhood in the capital.

Then, two months ago, al Qaeda gunmen kidnapped him and demanded that his family convert to Islam or pay a $30,000 ransom. Two weeks later, he paid up, was released and immediately fled to Syria, joining a mass exodus of Iraq's increasingly threatened Christian minority.

"There is no future for us in Iraq," Mansour said.

Although Islamic extremists have targeted Iraqi Christians before, bombing churches and threatening religious leaders, the latest attacks have taken on a far more personal tone. Many Christians are being expelled from their homes and forced to leave their possessions behind, police, human rights groups and residents said.

The Christian community here, about 3 percent of the country's 26 million people, has little political or military clout to defend itself, and some Islamic insurgents call Christians "crusaders" whose real loyalty lies with U.S. troops.

Many churches are now nearly empty, with many of their faithful either gone or too scared to attend. Only about 30 people attended this Sunday's mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in the relatively safe Baghdad neighborhood of Karradah, and only two dozen took communion in the barren St. Mary's Church in the northern city of Kirkuk on Sunday.

As many as 50 percent of Iraq's Christians may already have left the country, according to a report issued Wednesday by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal monitoring and advisory group in Washington D.C.

"These groups face widespread violence from Sunni insurgents and foreign jihadis, and they also suffer pervasive discrimination and marginalization at the hands of the national government, regional governments, and para-state militias," said the report.

Islamic extremists have also targeted liquor stores, hair salons and other Christian-owned businesses, saying they violate Islam, the report said.

"This is not the culture of Iraqis or the nature of Iraqis. We have lived during centuries together in a respectful attitude and friendship," said Luwis Zarco, the Catholic archbishop of Kirkuk.

In much of the Middle East, Christians are a largely tolerated minority that have achieved a measure of business and professional success, but they are sometimes viewed with suspicion by their Muslim neighbors.

In Saddam-era Iraq, the country's 800,000 Christians many of them Chaldean-Assyrians and Armenians, with small numbers of Roman Catholics were generally left alone. Many, such as Saddam Hussein's foreign minister and deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz, reached the highest levels of power.

But after U.S. forces toppled Saddam, insurgents launched a coordinated bombing campaign in the summer of 2004 against Baghdad churches, sending some Christians fleeing in fear.

A second wave of anti-Christian attacks hit last September after Pope Benedict XVI made comments perceived to be anti-Islam. Church bombings spiked and a priest in the northern city of Mosul was kidnapped and later found beheaded.

In the recent violence, residents of the Baghdad neighborhood of Dora said gunmen knocked on the doors of Christian families, demanding they either pay jizya a special tax traditionally levied on non-Muslims or leave. The jizya has not been imposed in Muslim nations in about 100 years.

One man, Arakan Admon, was wounded in a drive-by shooting last week when his family ignored the threats, relatives said.

In response to the threats, about 70 percent of Dora's Christians have fled, police said.

"The terrorists want to turn Dora into a base to attack other Baghdad neighborhoods," said Christian lawmaker Younadam Kana. "Criminal gangs made use of the situation and they started to kidnap Christians and demand ransom. It is a coalition between terrorists and criminals."

The southern neighborhood is a Sunni insurgent stronghold that has seen frequent U.S. shelling under a security crackdown against the sectarian violence.

In the northern city of Mosul, men began knocking on doors last month, demanding that Christian families pay a $3,000 tax that would be used to fight the U.S.-led forces, local residents said. Some paid; others fled.

Mansour, a 63-year-old retiree, said that while many other Christians left, he chose to stay in his Amariyah neighborhood in western Baghdad. He was hoping that the Baghdad security plan, which U.S.-led forces launched on Feb. 14, would improve the situation.

"But the opposite happened," he said.

Mansour was kidnapped March 11 by gunmen who identified themselves as al Qaeda. After 15 days in captivity, his family paid the ransom and fled the country, leaving their home and electric appliance store behind, Mansour said in a telephone interview from Syria.

They said that if Mansour and his family did not convert, they would have to pay $30,000. After 15 days in captivity, his family paid the ransom, he said.

The next day, they fled the neighborhood, leaving their home and electric appliance store behind. Hours later, an insurgent called demanding Mansour bring back his car, he said. He returned, handed over the keys, then left the country.

Days later, a group of insurgents knocked on his brother Mudhafar's door, telling him to leave his house within 24 hours, because they don't want Christians in the neighborhood, Mansour said. His family fled to Syria as well, leaving all its possessions behind.

The local Hammurabi group, a Sunni human rights organization, harshly criticized the attacks and demanded the government protect all Iraqis.

"These actions violate the values of Islam," the group said.


Now THAT is a war on christianity.
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#574687 --- 05/09/07 06:15 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Reinhart Faust]
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Its too bad that is not happening here is the US, ehh ?
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#574690 --- 05/09/07 06:19 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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So now your anti-Christian?
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#574691 --- 05/09/07 06:20 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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Aren't all anti-Americans?

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#574692 --- 05/09/07 06:21 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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No i hate everyone equally with out prejudice. but we know how RF hates christians, people from the south, and all others who dont march in lock step with Slick Willie King of the Horn Dogs.
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#574693 --- 05/09/07 06:22 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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Every man I've ever met marches in lockstep with Slick Willie of the Horn Dogs. Lets not pretend it has anything to do with politics or ideology \:\/
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#574695 --- 05/09/07 06:22 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Retired Soldier]
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Originally Posted By: Retired Soldier
Aren't all anti-Americans?


awwwwwwwwwwww, isnt that sweet .



Edited by FL1 Mod (05/13/07 02:14 AM)
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#574696 --- 05/09/07 06:23 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: past tense]
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Are you a lesbian ?
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#574699 --- 05/09/07 06:24 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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My noting that all men are horny pigs makes me a lesbian?

LOL
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#574701 --- 05/09/07 06:24 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: past tense]
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I was wondering.
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#574702 --- 05/09/07 06:25 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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If you have a male SO then he is a pig also ? or just whipped ?
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#574703 --- 05/09/07 06:25 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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Keep it up
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#574704 --- 05/09/07 06:25 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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Originally Posted By: Bubba_Zanetti
If you have a male SO then he is a pig also ? or just whipped ?


Both.

"Have a male." LOL


Edited by past tense (05/09/07 06:25 PM)
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#574705 --- 05/09/07 06:25 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: past tense]
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OOOO a threat , how awesome is that.
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#574706 --- 05/09/07 06:26 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: past tense]
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LOL you are too funny.
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#574707 --- 05/09/07 06:26 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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Keep wondering, idiot. Not "keep it up" angry-Dad-style.

LOL
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#574708 --- 05/09/07 06:26 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: past tense]
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Ha Your the angry Dad type, hmmmmmm... \:o


Edited by Bubba_Zanetti (05/09/07 06:26 PM)
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#574710 --- 05/09/07 06:27 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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OMG you bullies are picking on me.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
ROFLMAO



Edited by Bubba_Zanetti (05/09/07 06:27 PM)
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#574711 --- 05/09/07 06:28 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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Originally Posted By: Bubba_Zanetti
Are you a lesbian ?


There's nothing wrong with being lesbian. Heck I know some that could probably kick your butt into next week and build a new house at the same time.
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#574712 --- 05/09/07 06:28 PM Re: THIS is oppression of Christians [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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Originally Posted By: Bubba_Zanetti
Ha Your the angry Dad type, hmmmmmm... \:o


Thanks for giving us all this little look inside your head today. RF, who knew your article about persecution of Christians in Iraq would reveal such an incredibly twisted sexual pathology.
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