Iraq To Christians: Leave Or Die
Given that the right keeps pushing how good things are going in Iraq, and how many so-called “good Christians” pushed for the war, it’s interesting to note that since the removal of Saddam Hussein, Christians have been hunted down, murdered, and forced to flee since we invaded that country. 60 Minutes did an updated report Sunday night on its original December 2, 2007 story about the lack of religious freedom there.
Scott Pelley’s interview with Baghdad’s vicar, the Reverend Cannon Andrew White, is compelling.
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From the time of Jesus, there have been Christians in what is now Iraq. The Christian community took root there after the Apostle Thomas headed east in the year 35.
But now, after nearly 2,000 years, Iraqi Christians are being hunted, murdered and forced to flee — persecuted on a biblical scale in Iraq’s religious civil war. You’d have to be mad to hold a Christian service in Iraq today, but if you must, then the vicar of Baghdad is your man. He’s the Reverend Canon Andrew White, an Anglican chaplain who suffers from multiple sclerosis and from a fanatical determination to save the last Iraqi Christians from the purge.
White invited 60 Minutes cameras and correspondent Scott Pelley to an underground Baghdad church service for what’s left of his congregation. White’s parishioners are risking their lives to celebrate their faith.
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