Sunday, March 3, 2013

Christians Leaving Iraq In Droves

Normally, we'd say this was because they were being exterminated. Thankfully, an enlightened ND theology professor has cleared it up for us that there is no such thing as persecution of Christians in our times. My guess is that they are leaving the country because they want to live near a Starbucks or something. Per Zenit:

Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako of the Chaldean Church, the archbishop of Baghdad, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that Christians are continuing to leave Iraq for a number of reasons, but the key factor is the lack of security.

The patriarch, who was elected Jan. 31, said: "They are leaving the country because there is no stability. Another reason is the rise of fundamentalism.

"Christians have lost their trust in the future. They are disappointed."

Patriarch Raphaël added that "security and freedom" were the most important issues for the survival of the Church in Iraq.

"When they feel secure, free and equal with the others, they will stay, otherwise they will leave."

According to Church sources, Christians in Iraq have plummeted from 1.4 million in 1987 to perhaps fewer than 250,000 today.

Many Christians who fled initially to the north of Iraq have since departed there as well, unable to find jobs or housing or because they have been reluctant to settle in a region that continues to experience sporadic acts of violence.

Somebody should send the Chaldean Patriarch a copy of that woman's book so that he will stop trying to mislead everybody about this. 

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