Skip to comments.ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'
Posted on 07/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PDT by NYer
Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.
Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday.
The torching of the church comes on the heels of the destruction of a number of other Christian monuments in Iraq in recent months including the tomb of biblical prophet Jonah, which was dug up by ISIL militants in the east of Mosul.
Many Christians still in Mosul also hurried to leave the city before Saturday when an ISIS ultimatum that Christians convert to Islam, pay a tax or leave came into effect.
"We left Mosul as we saw that [we] were close to being butchered, and under the threat of armed militants. It was serious and firm," a Christian named Mukhalis Yeshua told Shoebat.
"…But the issue that sparked the pain and sorrow was the checkpoints exiting Mosul as the armed men searched the families, and robbed all their money as search parties from the IS (Islamic Caliphate) searched all the women and robbed their jewelry and money, telling them that such money is Islamic property," added the Christian.
Patriarch Sako told AFP Friday that: "Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil," in the neighboring autonomous region of Kurdistan. "For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians," he said.
Once home to an estimated 1 million Christians before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted former President Saddam Hussein, church officials now place the Christian community in Iraq at about 450,000.
with the Christians gone, they can finally get around to building those skyscrapers and planning those Mars missions! Good for them!
If they build their caliphate into established countries there are certain advantages not available when terrorists are spread out and invisible. At least you know where they are. Of course all the terrorists may not play nice with each other and live in those countries. So we could end up with more terrorist countries in addition to the dispersed invisible terrorists.
Waiting for the outhouse and its dwellers and ABCNNBCBS, Compost, Ny and La Slimes to condemn these barbaric acts.
Well the good news here is now we can take them out in a nuclear inferno and not have to be concerned about the church which was destroyed.
I hate these cockroaches.
Another Obama success.
I sure hope you are not holding your breathe!
Megyn Kelly talked about this last night.
Exactly! So many still refuse to see that obama every act is to weaken Western civilization and promote islam and death.
As if one Christian could call another Christian a foreigner! Or one Catholic, another Catholic! We are closer than we would be as U.S. co-citizens, closer even than natural family. We are members of the Body of Christ!
I am not surprised in any way, shape, or form.
Got to remember that if we do not speak out now for our brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, what will we do when we are attacked again, and it will happen I am very concerded down the road.
Obama also without even even knowing it, is spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus to the rest of the world.
The “Whore of Babylon” is on the rise.
Actually, truth be told, yes, this IS an “Obama success”.
The left is anti-Christian. This is a “win” for them.
Which is ISLAM.
.....Or so they claim.
George W. Bush’s ill-advised invasion of Iraq is the reason Christians do not exist in Iraq any longer. Of course Obozo carried on with Bush’s policies, but Bush is the one that attacked the country. Pope JP2 pleaded with him not to attack Iraq, and told him exactly how the Christians would be treated if he did. Bush didn’t care. He believed in the leftist neocons who had been waiting years for a chance to get rid of Saddam.
“Megyn Kelly talked about this last night.”
Thanks for the heads up. Megyn and Greta seem to be more target re our real enemies than some of the male hosts on Fox News.
Kudos to both of them.
As I said a few days ago, since 9/11, America has never been the same.
Reap what you sow
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