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November 16th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

For Iraqi Christians, fear is knocking

She lives in a paralyzing state of "constant and fear" and it's forcing her to keep her children indoors and out of school.

That's how one Baghdad woman describes the dire predicament faced by her and other Iraqi Christians, a dwindling community that is enduring another string of anti-Christian sectarian assaults in Baghdad and in Mosul.

The woman, who didn't want to be identified because of fear for her life, said security hasn't been beefed up since the assaults began on October 31, when the Sayidat al-Nejat Cathedral, or Our Lady of Salvation Church, was attacked.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Iraq • Religious violence

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  1. religion.blogs.cnn.com

    For iraqi christians fear is knocking.. Nice 🙂

    April 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  2. Mubarak

    The only time you are allowed to kill someone is if they have taken a life, wheather muslim, jew, christian or anybody.But this right here, is just NOTTTT ACCEPTABLE IN ISLAM. It's sad that people see certain peoplle characterize the whole group because the actions of a small sect. One person asked me why the Quran says muslims shouldnt be friends with christians and jews. I told him. It doesnt say that. It saids friendships is fine but saids not to get close and put them in your heart because they dont understand the ways of a muslim. It opened my eyes about the misconceptions people have, but what can you do. Live your life.

    November 19, 2010 at 2:05 am |
  3. Believer

    Here is a book, with exerpts. This is about a 4 year old who died on the operating table, only to come back and tell of his trip to heaven. He tells things that he could never had known, about life in his family prior to his nde!
    Click on the right side of your screen, after you are inside the link, for the excerpts.
    Heaven is for real.net

    November 17, 2010 at 8:24 am |
    • Reality

      Please, please enter some of these excerpts in the space below: (and note any proofs of said "visions")

      November 17, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  4. Reality

    Sum Dude,

    When I get the dreaded warning, I simply hyphenate every word the filter might pickup since every week we find another non-listed word.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:55 am |
    • Sum Dude

      @Reality

      wtf?? You just don't have a head for words? Hmm. Now your policy of copying/pasting makes more sense...hmmmm.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, it is that "ho" and "t-it" fragments that are the most troubling so instead of weeding out those two, it is easier to frag the entire commentary.

      November 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, it is those "ho" and "t-it" fragments that are the most troubling so instead of weeding out those two, it is easier to frag the entire commentary

      November 18, 2010 at 12:00 am |
    • Sum Dude

      For Reality's eyes only.... XD
      --
      bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN "awaiting moderation" filter:

      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, but I am not shooting for the perfect list, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      ----------–
      s-ex.....as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      fu-ck..........................................................!
      c-um.....as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
      sp-ic....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, etc.
      jacka-ss
      ho-mo....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
      who-re
      t-it.....as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
      sh-it
      tw-at....as in wristw-atch, etc.
      pr-ick
      va-g.....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      hor-ny...as in tho-rny, etc.
      ra-pe....as in gr-ape, thera-peutic, etc.
      c-ock
      cu-nt....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      co-on....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      ar-se
      p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.
      nip-ple
      ft-w.....as in soft-ware, delft-ware, etc.
      sl-ut
      wt-f.....also!!!!!!!
      j-ap.....as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      ef-fing..as in ef-fing filter
      koo-ch...as in koo-chie koo..!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this is complete.
      -----
      -----
      okay words that you might have thought were bad...lol

      penis
      ass
      crap
      damn
      anal
      anus
      sphincter
      testicles
      testes
      pubic
      boob
      -–
      The CNN / WordPress filter also filters your EMAIL address and name as well – so you might want to check those.
      I have found the best way to re-submit is to hit the back button, look for and fix the problem, delete your cookies, and then hit "post".

      There are also "technical" ways past the filter to create "banned" words that are spelled correctly, like "html ent-ities" (google it without the dash) also known as unicode strings.

      p.s. All "Smilies" supported by this blog can be found at: en.support.wordpress.com/smilies/
      ----–
      Reiteration is the key to good education. 😛

      November 18, 2010 at 12:05 am |
  5. Sum Dude

    continued from above:

    She has been praised by many individuals, governments and organizations; however, she has also faced a diverse range of criticism. These include objections by various individuals and groups, including Christopher Hitchens, Michael Parenti, Aroup Chatterjee, Vishva Hindu Parishad, against the proselytizing focus of her work including a strong stance against contraception and abortion, a belief in the spiritual goodness of poverty and alleged baptisms of the dying.

    Medical journals also criticised the standard of medical care in her hosp-ices and concerns were raised about the opaque nature in which donated money was spent. In 2010 on the 100th anniversary of her birth, she was honoured around the world, and her work praised by Indian President Pratibha Patil.[7]"

    Just "hosp-ice" in that one. Are you even looking at the lists any more? geez.

    November 17, 2010 at 1:17 am |
    • Sum Dude

      @Reality
      You know I'm pretty bored when I start correcting your posts, right?

      November 17, 2010 at 1:19 am |
    • pete

      Should we praise you and say good things about your for the work you've done?

      November 17, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  6. Reality

    continued from above:

    She has been praised by many in-di-vi-duals, governments and or-ga-nizations; however, she has also faced a di-verse range of crit-icism. These include objections by various ind-ivid-uals and groups, including Christopher Hitchens, Michael Pa-renti, Ar-o-up Cha-tte-rjee, Vis-hva Hindu Pa-ri-shad, against the pr-os-ely-tizing focus of her work including a strong stance against co-ntr-ac-eption and ab-or-tion, a belief in the spir-itual goodness of po-verty and alle-ged bap-tisms of the dying.

    Medical journals also cri-tic-ised the sta-ndard of me-dical care in her h-o-sp-ices and c-oncerns were raised about the op-aq-ue nature in which do-n-ated money was spent. In 2010 on the 100th an-niversary of her birth, she was h-on-ou-red around the world, and her work praised by Indian President Pr-ati-bh-a Pa-til.[7]"

    November 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  7. Reality

    "Mo-ther Ter-esa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), born Agnes G-on-xha B-oa-xhi-u[1]–was a Catholic nun of Al-ba-nian[2][3] et-hni-city and Indian citi-ze-nship,[4] who founded the Mis-siona-ries of Ch-arity in Ca-lcu-tta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she min-istered to the poor, sick, or-ph-an-ed, and dying, while guiding the Mis-sio-naries of Charity's ex-pan-sion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was be-ati-fied by Pope John Paul II and given the ti-tle Ble-ssed Teresa of Ca-lcu-tta.[5][6]

    By the 1970s, she was inte-rnati-onally famed as a hum-an-it-arian and ad-vo-cate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a docu-mentary and book Something Beautiful for God by Ma-lcolm Mu-gg-eridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest ci-vi-lian h-on-our, the Bh-ar-at R-at-na, in 1980 for her hu-manitarian work. Mother Teresa's Mis-siona-ries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including h-os-pices and homes for people with H-IV/A-IDS, lep-ro-sy and tu-be-rc-ul-osis, soup kitchens, children's and family co-un-selling pro-grams, or-ph-anages, and schools.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      "Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), born Agnes Gonxha Boaxhiu[1]–was a Catholic nun of Albanian[2][3] ethnicity and Indian citizenship,[4] who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the ti-tle Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.[5][6]

      By the 1970s, she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a docu-mentary and book Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hos-pices and homes for people with H-IV/A-IDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counselling programs, orphanages, and schools.

      ti-tled, docu-mentary, and hosp-ices were the only bad words in that one.

      November 17, 2010 at 1:14 am |
  8. stevenson

    picking up lepers who are entirely alone out of the gutter to her facility to have treatment is relieving suffering. i don't believe for one second you're being serious. and to say that she would admit that she enjoys the suffering of others is outrageous- and you know it. you should absolutely be ashamed of yourself. i understand that the religious right is a weird and threatening majority. your attempt to anchor at an extreme is obvious.

    November 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @stevenson

      I have investigated the accounts of Mother Teresa's sadistic methods in Calcutta. She was a sadist among other things.
      Not a saint. Not a wonderful glowing example to anyone but con-artists and sadists.
      She was psychotic thanks to her religious indoctrinations from the Catholic Church. Good thing she's dead, but she left behind a bunch of followers who continue her sadistic methods.

      Why don't you try looking up some facts before you go jumping to conclusions about what I wrote?

      November 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
    • stevenson

      "good thing she's dead." in reference to mother teresa.

      i'll give you no more to feed on troll.

      November 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @stevenson

      When it comes to sadists, particularly the ones who do it in the name of their delusions, I don't mind seeing them die off or otherwise become removed from their victims.

      And, just a tip...if you don't want to feed trolls, you have to actually –stop– posting responses. It is difficult, I know....! 😀

      November 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  9. Sum Dude

    More proof that religion is a madness upon the face of the world. Violence caused by insanity is religion's historical face.

    November 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
    • stevenson

      yes. mother teresa was one bad mutha.

      November 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
    • jeff

      a veritable teresist..

      November 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      She loved to see people suffer from what I've read. Many religious people think suffering is "good for the soul."
      It sounds like she was one of them.

      November 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
    • stevenson

      only a troll would accuse mother teresa, a name synomous with compassion of being sadistic. you are proof that no one is beyond criticism- the kind of person many would find easy to dismiss as having a chip on their shoulder.

      November 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @stevenson
      I'd like to think that "Mother Teresa", if she were alive, would probably agree with my assessment if she were honest.
      The Catholic Church exhorts suffering as a matter of course. She was only doing what she thought she should do.

      November 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
    • thelawtruth

      No its money and power & fear that controle the world. Christ is the peice giving & healing he does not want the war hate sum dude

      November 17, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  10. im president charley

    thanks pastor terry jones for helping your brothers and sisters in one of the most dangerous places to be a Christian, from the comfort of sunny florida.

    November 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  11. Reality

    There are 1 billion plus Muslims in the world because of "sword-forced" conversion and forced procreation. Considering the contemporary Islamic truth/death squads and "koranic" rules, things have not changed. Give freedom to the Muslim masses trapped under Islamic tyranny and watch what happens.

    November 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • thelawtruth

      True that would mean peace to get the muslim to agree how the Curran should be interpreted and followed with no violence. Most important give all the peaceful faiths help in stopping the killings that the violent muslims are committing to the nations, we need that kind of help to truly stop the horrors of war from happening because Christians of all faiths believe piece and are not terrorist you have never herd of a true follower of Jesus blowing themselves up in the name of God or jihad. Or a buddhist or Jew or Hindu or most other faiths war any more and if they have issues about land let them have the land they have at the moment and call it there's and do not move a hole nation out of the region they own in heritage. Israel is sovereign

      November 17, 2010 at 11:38 am |
    • jackie

      just for ur info.. they themselves have said .. we were living in peace under saddam hussein..
      stop ur trash talking

      November 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
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