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U.N. cites 'a slow but steady exodus' of Iraqi Christians
December 17th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

U.N. cites 'a slow but steady exodus' of Iraqi Christians

By Joe Sterling, CNN

Violence in recent weeks has prompted a "slow but steady exodus" of Christians from the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Mosul, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday.

The trend started after a Baghdad church attack on October 31 and subsequent targeted attacks of Christians in Baghdad and Mosul.

The total death toll at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad was 70, and 53 of the people killed in the strike were Christians, a minority group in a predominantly Muslim nation.

Read the full story of a Christian exodus from Iraq here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church and state • Iraq • Violence

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  1. GSA

    @The Irony – telling ppl what they believe is nonsense then going on to talk about what you believe is right is very ironic. Maybe take some time to think about what you wrote and how ridiculous it is. I am Sikh, so my religion is nonsense? False? I'll bet you that you have not studied Sikhism (the true Sikhism), therefore would not expect you to know anything about it. You may know what the media tells you or some Sikh priest preaches in a temple but that is not true. Take a long, hard look and don't BS us.
    Why would I believe that you are correct when the teachings you hold as truth do not even recognize the existence of the earth more than 4000 yrs ago, that in itself is just plain stupid.
    I have faith and belief but despise religion, all religions!

    December 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  2. Frank

    Wait until Sharia law gets a foot hold in the United States, all of you non believers will have a total cow you will be persecuted I can guarantee that. If you think Christians will have it bad you infidels will have it much worse.

    December 19, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  3. Enoch

    Muslim majority countries like Iraq, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia - they are all insecure enough to treat their minorities in a barbaric manner. If they are not capable of loving minorities there is no way that they could love themselves.

    December 18, 2010 at 1:41 am |
    • BAM

      What you need to understand is that christians aren't the only ones fleeing Iraq. You need to understand also that exchanging a cross for a cuffee (islamic prayer cap) will not save Iraq anymore than it did animist Africa. Please put down the "manifest destiny" cue cards.

      This story was specially prepared to appease your sympathies. It would have been much more honest disclosure to talk about the rate of exile of ALL iraqis since hostilities began. The country has suffered a veritable brain drain of it's most capable and educated people, not just christians, since the war began. They simply are unable to live in an atmosphere of perpetual violence under a whole new set of "dictators" (the shia). The tables were not only forceably turned but toppled onto the heads of everyone who does not happen to be aligned with Iran. For some tangible proof of this, just consider the Arabian Gulf is now, once again, the "Persian" Gulf. And we helped make this possible.

      You never hear about the fate of the Sobhi, Zuti, or iraqi Jews. Do you think they do not exist? Jews lived comfortably in Iraq for centuries. While you shed a tear and decry the persecution of iraqi christians, please remember all the other religious minorities now who have fled for their lives. I'm not saying that anger is not being misdirected to iraqi christians, but I can say that they are hardly the only ones suffering "persecution".

      December 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  4. HotAirAce

    Iraq is an islamic republic with an overwhelming (97%?) muslim population. While any violence against anyone should not be expected or supported, why would non-muslim's expect life to be "easy" in such a country? Believers have, by choice or by force, moved from country to country for hundreds of years to practice their beliefs, and until we are no longer cursed by the silliness of religion, one set of believers is likely going to make another group's life h3ll.

    December 18, 2010 at 12:45 am |
  5. RightTurnClyde

    Imagine the indignation if in the U.S. (any) non-Anglo were forced to emigrate because of any kind of intolerance? Quite tot he contrary the smallest minority will stand up and wave fists in the face of everyone. Minorities have SUPERIOR rights (an Orwellian paradox). The ope declares that Christians are the most persecuted of religions. Here in the US there is "open season" on Christians and upon sub publics that tend to be Christian. Our faith is not a political party, however, but a belief we will hold (even when fed to lions .. which the left may be considering)

    December 18, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  6. Reality

    o Once again we come to save the 1.5 billion lost Muslims from their Three B Syndrome, i.e. Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Islam but this time reducing to the Five Step Program for Deprogramming Islam to One Step in order to by-pass most of the language barrier:

    Gabriel never existed!!!!!! No Gabriel, no communiques from heaven and therefore Islam has no foundation!!!

    from Google Translate:
    غابرييل لم تكن موجودة!!!!!! لا غابرييل، لا بالبيانات من السماء، وبالتالي لا يوجد لديه أساس الإسلام

    December 17, 2010 at 11:34 am |
    • Bob

      Because google translate works so well. I translated what you wrote in arabic.

      Gabriel were not present !!!!!! Gabriel does not, not with data from the sky, and therefore has no basis of Islam

      December 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, not too bad of a translation considering it is free.

      December 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, not too bad of a translation considering it is free.–

      December 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  7. CatholicMom

    David Johnson,

    Where did all that come from? You must be freezing cold inside.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:08 am |
    • David Johnson

      @CatholicMom

      The Christian Right is going to attempt to do away with the separation of church and state. The want to construct a theocracy, with Jesus as the Head of State. Since no one will be able to hear Jesus, except the Evangelicals, they will tell us His will.

      The Christian Right will rule the country. Judges that don't favor them, will be ousted.

      I am not cold inside, I am afraid. I believe the Religious Right and their puppets the Republicans, are the biggest threat to liberty, that this country has ever faced.

      Cheers!

      December 17, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  8. David Johnson

    I wish we had that problem with the Evangelicals in the U.S.

    I would cry as I waved goodbye!

    Cheers!

    December 17, 2010 at 11:02 am |
    • The Irony

      I have studied, and currently still do study different religions, including the new age non-sense alot of these people believe in nowadays. Everything from buddhism to 2012, I've got it covered. And guess what?? Every single time it has brought me right back to the truth in Christ. There is no other, no match, and no proof given to one for his or her faith as there is in CHRIST JESUS. He came here for a REAL reason and it's just too bad so many of you are being misled by heresy, false religions, and false doctrine. There is so much BS on the internet that people either don't know what to believe, or don't believe in anything at all (besides themselves). All I can say to you non-believers is this: I was once JUST LIKE YOU. I did not have a relationship with God and did not want one. By chance, I decided to take the first step and seek Him instead of listening to other men who doubt. Seek and you WILL find, I promise you that. But remember, building a relationship with anyone, including God, takes a little time. However, you will not be disappointed in the One you find.

      One more thing: I've noticed that politics, particularly the far right, carry some responsibility for turning people away from God. The enemy's #1 weapon is DIVISION and he will use anything, including government, media, and political issues, to keep us divided. Please do not let these ignoramuses steer you away from your Creator. Don't allow them to steal your life or your faith because they have abused theirs. You have to see through the fog and realize what is happening and what really matters. This life is temporary, there is so much more ahead of you. Yes, there are Christians who do not practice Christ, and there are real Christians, who love God, their fellow man, and strive for unity. However, we can not sit dormant and allow our non-believing brothers and sisters to miss out on what we found. This thing is real, and you have to wrap your head and your heart around this statement before it is too late. SEEK HIM AND YOU WILL FIND HIM.

      December 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @The Irony

      Well... thanks...! Since you have done all the reading/learning for all of us here, and we should just take your word for it that you are *absolutely accurate* and *know the absolute ..-the- truth*, which is about Jesus, etc.. that Jesus/Christianity(your version of course), is the *only truth*... and you *know* this as an absolute fact... how...? Oh, that's right... because you have deemed it so.

      Whew... you just not only saved all of our souls, and... saved us a heck of a lot of time that would have been wasted on all of these other 'non-sense' religions.

      Peace...

      December 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
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