The exodus of Iraqi Christians, which has been underway since the U.S. invasion in 2003, continues unabated, and may even be accelerating. As reported previously by The New American, the massacre that took place at a Baghdad Church on October 31 of this year has heightened the sense within the Christian community that the Iraqi government will not take the steps necessary to defend them from the terrorism of the Jihadists.
According to a report in the New York Times, the Christian emigration is taking on the appearance of full-scale flight. As Steven Lee Myers wrote for the Times:
Those who fled the latest violence — many of them in a panicked rush, with only the possessions they could pack in cars — warned that the new violence presages the demise of the faith in Iraq. Several evoked the mass departure of Iraq’s Jews after the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.
“It’s exactly what happened to the Jews,” said Nassir Sharhoom, 47, who fled last month to the Kurdish capital, Erbil, with his family from Dora, a once mixed neighborhood in Baghdad. “They want us all to go.”
For the past two years, the Obama administration has desperately endeavored to present Islam as a religion of peace. In June 2009, Obama went so far as to declare that the United States is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world” and at a Ramadan iftar dinner at the White House later that year, he proclaimed that “The contribution of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country” — comments that are patently at odds with reality.
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