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Posted on 12/16/2006 7:12:19 AM PST by DogByte6RER
Christmas in Mosul under threat of sharia
- A campaign against non-Muslim dress is under way in the Iraqi city, targeting mainly women and Christians. Flyers dictate that women should wear a headscarf, that men and women cannot sit next to each other and that soap is forbidden, because it did not exist in Muhammads time. We report the misery of Christians and an appeal of Patriarch Delly for fasting and prayer. -
Mosul (AsiaNews) A crusade is under way to impose Islamic law in Mosul in northern Iraq, a city where threats and violence against Christians have reached the level of real persecution for ideological and political ends. As Christmas draws near, Christians are confined to their homes that have become like prison which they dare not leave for fear of kidnappings and killings. It is difficult for them to emigrate because Arab and European countries have decided to close their doors.
Kidnappings and murders are the order of day for Christians in Baghdad too, but in Mosul the situation is different and more worrying. Testimonies that reached AsiaNews claimed that actions directly targeting Christians of Mosul are not motivated solely by lucre ransom demands, property seizure but rather there is a political plan behind them. Sunni extremists have this city as their stronghold and they seem to be aiming to set up a so-called Islamic Emirate incorporating the provinces of Salahaddin, Anbar, Diyala, Baghdad and part of Wasit. Mosul would be the capital.
Up to a year ago, members of the Christian community were confident things would change but now they have only words of despair to describe their situation. We are living the period of Advent, the happiest of the whole year, as if we were in prison. The world is preparing to celebrate while we prepare to die. Who will listen to our cries, who can help us now that we feel like strangers in our own homeland?
The Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, Emmanuel III Delly, urged all Chaldeans of the world to observe the Bautha fast of Nineveh (a feature of the Assyrian liturgy to commemorate the fasting of residents of Nineveh during the time of the prophet Jonah) on 18 and 19 December so that the Lord may concede the gift of peace to our Iraq, of security and stability and that a climate of brotherhood and charity among the sons of Iraq may come about.
Campaign against non-Islamic dress
Violence against Christians in Mosul escalated after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Many churches and convents were immediately attacked or bombed. Bishops and priests started to be kidnapped. The most horrible event of all was the killing of the Syro-Orthodox priest Paulos Eskandar, whose beheaded body was found on 11 October in the eastern area of Mosul after two days of captivity.
Muslim fundamentalism is impinging more and more on daily life. On 12 December, a group of fundamentalists stopped a bus with Christian students on board; they boarded the bus to distribute flyers dictating that girls should wear the hijab (veil) and that boys should dress in a sombre manner, not in western-style clothes. The same technique was used to get the message across the university: unknown men pasted flyers and posters in areas where Christian students usually meet up. The warning is clear: Whoever violates the principles of sharia will be punished according to Muslim law.
In early December, the conductor of a route bus imposed his decision to divide men and women on the vehicle, forbidding them to sit next to each other. Other flyers recently ordered owners of clothes shops to cover mannequins on display with a veil. And tradesmen had to obey, using plastic bags instead of veils. Further, some public toilets have banned the use of soap because it did not exist in Muhammads time. Orders reach the point of absurdity: restaurants cannot prepare mixed salads with cucumbers and tomatoes because one represents the female and other the male gender.
An important fact to note is that it is not only poor and illiterate people who are swellings the ranks of extremists: university professors and educated people also believe it is right to impose such controls on the population.
Against non-Muslim art
According to Iraqi police, Sunni extremism is supported by foreign terrorists. A new campaign has been launched against non-Muslim art. In November, public statues held to be pagan were destroyed. A famous statue in the north of the city, in al Zihour, was destroyed because it portrayed a group of women carrying jars on their shoulders. Other targeted works dated back to the seventies and included statues of some important artists like an Arab poet, Ani Tamman, and a singer of religious music, Mullah Othman al-Mosulli.
The website of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting said that a militant arrested in October explained his groups objectives during his interrogation: put an end to American occupation, bring down the Iraqi government and introduce sharia in the country.
I would do either that, or at least move them to the authonomous Kurdistan. That's only a few Kilometers away from Mosul, and safe for Chritians.
Plus we could hire some of them as Arabic translators, and have some confidence that they would feel no loyalty to any Muslim Ummah
Our State Department is "concerned" about giving the impression we favor truly persecuted Christians over Muslims.
Can we eliminate the State Department please?
Stay safe Tinman.
Thank you for your service.
For the next few days, wish 'em a Happy Hanuka instead.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas, My friend.
How in gods name are you supposed to reason with people who segregate vegetables by sex, or their warped interpretation of it.
It's easy to laugh at such idiocies, but any religion or government which exalts the past and condemns the future inevitably heads down such a path. This would be a New York Times definition of "conservatism", but it's one real American conservatives need to guard against indulging in - even if they would prefer 50's nostalgia to soap avoidance. ;)
Merry Christmas Tinman....May it be a quiet time for you, Thank you.
"soap is forbidden"
God these people are nasty in everything they think and do.
Right back at 'cha. 8-)
Damn, stinking terrorists.
There is something truly warped about this abominable cult.
If soap is anti-islamic, how badly do those mosques smell anyway, with all those people bent over without shoes on? I mean I always knew such practices must lead to a fetid atmosphere, but come-on.
Thus my tagline.
These people are batcrap crazy.
Must mean that Old Muh didn't know about soap, which I don't doubt. His camel probably liked it that way. However soap existed well before Old Muh's mother punished the world with his birth.
This article indicates that a form of soap was known right there in ancient Babylon, as early as 2800 BC. Old Muh didn't see the light of day until 571, or 570 depending on which account one goes by.
Neither did AK47's for C4 explosives.