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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Islamic Group Beheads Assyrian Priest, Crucifies 14 Year Old Boy in North Iraq


By Aussiegirl

While Muslims the world over riot over cartoons and get offended by the Pope's words, this is the sort of "insult" that Christians have to face on a daily basis in Muslim lands. And this is in Iraq, that bastion of a new and peaceful Islamic democracy that is leading the way for a falling of democratic dominoes throughout the Muslim world.

Islamic Group Beheads Assyrian Priest, Crucifies 14 Year Old Boy in North Iraq

On Monday, October 9, a prominent Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) priest, Fr. Paulos Iskander (Paul Alexander), was kidnapped by an unknown Islamic group. His ransom was posted at either $250,000 or $350,000. This group had demanded that signs be posted once again on his church apologizing for the Pope's remarks as a condition for negotiations to begin.

Father Alexander was beheaded on Wednesday.

An email from a priest in Sweden, Adris Hanna, describes the Muslim terror campaign against the Christians in Iraq:

The Syriac-Orhtodox priest Paulos Iskandar was kidnapped this Monday, October 9, and beheaded today Wednesday October 11.

The Bishop in Mosul wrote me an email tonight and told me that the funeral will be held in Mosul tomorrow.

Christians are living a terrified life in Mosul and Baghdad. Several priests have been kidnapped, girls are being raped and murdered and a couple of days ago a fourteen year old boy was crucified in the Christian neighborhood Albasra.

I have also spoken to a group of nuns that were robbed and treated brutally on their way between Baghdad to Amman in Jordan.

The murder of father Paulus is the final blow for Christians, and now only hell is expected for the Christians of Iraq.

We the oriental Christians in Sweden and the rest of the Western world must protest against the genocide. We must do what we can to stop the rape, threats, hatred, robberies, murders… We must do something.

These latest murders continue an escalating pattern (1, 2, 3) of attacks against Iraq's Christians. On October fourth a bomb ripped through an Assyrian neighorhood, killing 9.

1 Comments:

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Papazian said...

This is sad news indeed. Those who commit these crimes pretend to be religios, but are are narrow psychpaths.

Yet, Christianity is not entirely free in many Muslim countries, including Turkey.

We must demand freedom of religion everywhere.

 

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