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Iraq’s Vulnerable Christians Further Imperiled by Jihadist Advance

by Patrick Goodenough, CNSnews:

The startling gains made by jihadist fighters in Iraq are placing the region’s already extremely vulnerable Christians in even greater peril, Christian advocacy groups are warning.

While hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are affected by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s takeover of key cities including the Ninawa (Nineveh) provincial capital, Mosul, minority Christians – some of whom trace their origins to the earliest years of Christianity – are among those with the most to lose.

In previous years, Christians fleeting violence in Baghdad or elsewhere in the south often headed for the Mosul area. The Nineveh Plain formed the historic homeland of Assyrians, an ancient non-Arab ethnic group in Iraq. Main Christian denominations include Chaldean Catholic, Assyrian, Syrian Orthodox, Armenian and evangelicals.

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1 comment to Iraq’s Vulnerable Christians Further Imperiled by Jihadist Advance

  • Abby

    There are three groups of people under threat and have been for over 1,000 years, in some instances 2,000 and then 2500 years.
    1. The first are the Samaritans, direct descendents of the Koan, the high priests descended from Aaron and Ephraim blessed as the firstborn by Jacob/Israel. They have continued to be persecuted not only by the Jews, ie, the tribe of Judah and Levi but throughout history. Today something like 10 families remain.
    2. The earliest Christians as mentioned in this article as well as the Coptic church in Egypt and the whole Orthodox Christian church, as seen with the fourth Crusade and the destruction of Constantinople by the Roman Church and the continued persecution by them throughout Europe over the last 1,000 years which in more recent times has also included Protestants.
    3. The Shiite Muslims who believe that they are descended from the family of Mohammed ( peace be upon him) who are opposed by Sunni Muslims. A comparison between the current political system in Iran with that of Saudi Arabia is a clear eample of the difference between the two.

    In all three cases there is one predominant theme, politically it is a federal multi-polar system as opposed to a hegemonic, hierarchal uni-polar system. Or a monarchy as opposed to a Republic. Spiritually it is direct knowledge of God as opposed to indirect and having to go through a primary figure for salvation, often paying for it and enriching the primary figure and the structure which supports him.This is often part of a “temple cult.”

    In the literature of all three groups, both sides of this paradigm are espoused as THE right path. Today this confusion and clash of the three monotheistic religions is playing out in both the Middle East and Europe (Ukraine)politically, economically and spiritually. The choice is up to each individual.

    I made my choice based on two texts, one from the Old Testament ( 1 Samuel 8) and the other from the New Testament (Matthew 4: 1-11.) I have also come to the conclusion, rightly or wrongly, that Jesus was not from the tribe of Judah or “the King of the Jews,” but was an Essene born in Bethlehem near Nazareth and descended from Joseph/Ephraim/Joshua, hence his name is Yeshua ben Joseph. It appears that Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri concurred with my view … again time will tell. see:

    If I am wrong, I know I will be forgiven, because my pursuit and study of this subject has been in the interests of truth.

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