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Christmas in Mosul under threat of sharia
AsiaNews.it ^ | 12/15/2006 | AsiaNews.it

Posted on 12/16/2006 7:12:19 AM PST by DogByte6RER

IRAQ

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 Muhammad’s 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 Muhammad’s 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 group’s objectives during his interrogation: put an end to American occupation, bring down the Iraqi government and introduce sharia in the country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: christianity; christmas; iraq; islamofascism; persecution; religion; religionofpeace; rop; sharia
Maybe these Chaldeans and other persecuted Cristians in Iraq should be offered political asylum...
1 posted on 12/16/2006 7:12:22 AM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


2 posted on 12/16/2006 7:17:57 AM PST by SolidWood
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To: DogByte6RER
I think that offering asylum to Iraqi Christians would be better for the US than accepting any more Somali Muslims.

Plus we could hire some of them as Arabic translators, and have some confidence that they would feel no loyalty to any Muslim Ummah

3 posted on 12/16/2006 7:36:06 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: DogByte6RER

Our State Department is "concerned" about giving the impression we favor truly persecuted Christians over Muslims.

Can we eliminate the State Department please?


4 posted on 12/16/2006 7:44:26 AM PST by bordergal (There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of men bad enough for this treachery)
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To: DogByte6RER
Thanks for the post. Looks like things could get real interesting around here, over the holidays. Guess I shouldn't be going around wishing any of the locals "Merry Christmas!", huh?

Regards

5 posted on 12/16/2006 7:45:49 AM PST by Tinman (Yankee by birth, Texan by Choice..."Support the Troops" shouldn't be just a bumper sticker)
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To: Tinman

Stay safe Tinman.

Thank you for your service.


6 posted on 12/16/2006 7:48:57 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Tinman
Guess I shouldn't be going around wishing any of the locals "Merry Christmas!", huh?

For the next few days, wish 'em a Happy Hanuka instead.

L

7 posted on 12/16/2006 7:51:25 AM PST by Lurker (Historys most dangerous force is government and the crime syndicates that grow with it.)
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To: Lurker
8-)

Hope you have a Merry Christmas, My friend.

As Always

8 posted on 12/16/2006 7:55:21 AM PST by Tinman (Yankee by birth, Texan by Choice..."Support the Troops" shouldn't be just a bumper sticker)
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To: DogByte6RER
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

How in gods name are you supposed to reason with people who segregate vegetables by sex, or their warped interpretation of it.

Absolutely nuts.

9 posted on 12/16/2006 7:55:48 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: DogByte6RER
...soap is forbidden, because “it did not exist in Muhammad’s time”.

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. ;)

10 posted on 12/16/2006 7:55:51 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: DogByte6RER
I'm just over here doing my job. My world is inside "the wire".

Merry Christmas!

11 posted on 12/16/2006 7:59:00 AM PST by Tinman (Yankee by birth, Texan by Choice..."Support the Troops" shouldn't be just a bumper sticker)
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To: Tinman

Merry Christmas Tinman....May it be a quiet time for you, Thank you.


12 posted on 12/16/2006 8:00:16 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Tinman

"soap is forbidden"

God these people are nasty in everything they think and do.


13 posted on 12/16/2006 8:00:54 AM PST by J_Baird
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To: Kakaze

Right back at 'cha. 8-)


14 posted on 12/16/2006 8:01:51 AM PST by Tinman (Yankee by birth, Texan by Choice..."Support the Troops" shouldn't be just a bumper sticker)
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To: DogByte6RER
and that soap is forbidden, because “it did not exist in Muhammad’s time”.

Damn, stinking terrorists.

15 posted on 12/16/2006 8:07:17 AM PST by SIDENET (Everybody was kung-fu fighting)
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To: DogByte6RER
... soap is forbidden, because “it did not exist in Muhammad’s time”

*sigh*

There is something truly warped about this abominable cult.

16 posted on 12/16/2006 8:11:54 AM PST by Gritty (Show me what Mohammed brought new, and you find things only evil and inhuman-Manuel II Palaeologus)
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


17 posted on 12/16/2006 8:18:56 AM PST by The Cuban
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To: Kakaze
How in gods name are you supposed to reason with people who segregate vegetables by sex, or their warped interpretation of it.

You don't.

Thus my tagline.

These people are batcrap crazy.

18 posted on 12/16/2006 8:18:59 AM PST by OldSmaj (Death to Islam. I am now and will always be, a sworn enemy of all things muslim.)
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To: DogByte6RER
soap is forbidden, because “it did not exist in Muhammad’s time”.

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.

19 posted on 12/16/2006 8:26:04 AM PST by El Gato
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To: Gritty
... soap is forbidden, because “it did not exist in Muhammad’s time”

Neither did AK47's for C4 explosives.

20 posted on 12/16/2006 8:29:26 AM PST by McGavin999 (Republicans take out our trash, Democrats re-elect theirs)
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To: OldSmaj
These people are batcrap crazy.

Batcrap is at least useful. It makes an excellent fertilizer. It's been used since ancient times for just that purpose. Often referred to as Bat Guano.

21 posted on 12/16/2006 8:30:52 AM PST by El Gato
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To: SIDENET
You mean... Get your stinkin' paws off me, you damned dirty ape! umm, er, terrorist! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
22 posted on 12/16/2006 8:37:22 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: El Gato

NO, these people are not crazy, just purely evil barbarians, verging on the subhuman.


23 posted on 12/16/2006 8:37:29 AM PST by The Cuban
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To: SolidWood
The last of the Strykers left Mosul last month and we have pretty much abandoned the city to the extremists since the US trained Iraqis seem unwilling or unable to fight them. The 1-25th paid a huge price winning it back two years ago, and it appears it may have all been for nothing if the population of Mosul willingly allows the headcutters to effectively rule them. I used to correspond with a Sunni Dr. in Mosul who once agreed with me that partitioning the city east of the river into a recognized nation of Kurdistan would likely be the only way to bring anything resembling security with some freedom to any of Mosul. If nothing else, we should come away with having provided something of a nation for the Kurds with whom we share some common interests for the region, and territory for bases.
24 posted on 12/16/2006 8:40:21 AM PST by metalcor
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To: DogByte6RER

It's stuff like this that makes me scratch my head about the concept of choosing 'sides'. Neither Shia nor Sunni is the 'good guy'. I say, get the hell out of their way, and let them fight it out to the death. And let us keep supplying weapons to the currently losing side.


25 posted on 12/16/2006 8:43:05 AM PST by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: Tinman

God bless you and Merry Christmas, Tinman!


26 posted on 12/16/2006 8:56:06 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: hunter112

I am begining to come to the same conclusion as you.

Read both of these columns by commentator Diana West; she writes about this exact scenario of pitting Sunnis vs. Shia .

http://jewishworldreview.com/1206/west120106.php3

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1206/west.php3

In a mad world of murderous jihadi kamikazee bombers and PC leftists who appease these suicidal nutcases, perhaps pitting these two factions of Islam against each other is the best hope for Western Civilization...


27 posted on 12/16/2006 9:03:58 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Tinman

Thank you for holding the line and keeping this off our shores. A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BLESSED NEW YEAR.


28 posted on 12/16/2006 9:17:24 AM PST by 444Flyer (Cowards need not apply.)
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To: Kakaze
How in gods name are you supposed to reason with people who segregate vegetables by sex, or their warped interpretation of it.

Absolutely nuts.

Or ban the use of soap at public restrooms because it wasn't around in stinky Mohammad's day.

You can't reason with these people. They ARE insane.

and I sure as heck hope they are not working at Taco Bell or Olive Garden.

29 posted on 12/16/2006 9:42:57 AM PST by A message (We who care, Can Not Fail)
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To: The Cuban

You do wudu before you do voo doo!


30 posted on 12/16/2006 10:10:39 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: A message

Like any cult it comes with an impossible (and insane) list of rules to keep. It keeps the followers distractely lost in legalisms so they won't realize they are being sold the Big Lie.


31 posted on 12/16/2006 10:11:04 AM PST by 444Flyer (B.S. is B.S. by any other name.)
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To: OldSmaj
enemy of islm bump

No Islam, know peace

....

(mosquewatch.com slogan.....I wish I had thought of it)

32 posted on 12/16/2006 10:59:05 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (liberalism, abortions and islam are terminal)
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To: DogByte6RER

soap is forbidden, because “it did not exist in Muhammad’s time”

doesn't pass the smell test..


33 posted on 12/16/2006 11:02:54 AM PST by rahbert
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To: Mr. Jeeves

"...soap is forbidden, because “it did not exist in Muhammad’s time”."

No soap! I don't know whether to laugh or gasp at the thought of no soap. Guess there is no notion of cleanliness being next to godliness in Islam.


34 posted on 12/16/2006 11:17:29 AM PST by tob2 ( "I may not be perfect but I'm always me." Anon.)
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To: tob2
Y'all don't need to get excited about this "no soap" business. Most of the time this whole damn area smells like crap, anyway.

Regards

35 posted on 12/16/2006 4:28:10 PM PST by Tinman (Yankee by birth, Texan by Choice..."Support the Troops" shouldn't be just a bumper sticker)
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To: DogByte6RER

I worked with a Chaldean for a while - great guy and passionate about hating Muslims. Not that we should hate; however, beating people because they don't agree with you is excessive behavior and the reason why he left.


36 posted on 12/16/2006 5:00:59 PM PST by kcbc2001
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To: DogByte6RER
Fortunately, we'll have a test run.

Look at the way Hamas and Fatah are beating up on each other in Gaza. Looks good to me. The only difference is that IDF soldiers are not caught in the crossfire in Gaza, whereas they are in Iraq.

Let the Muzzies destroy each other.

37 posted on 12/20/2006 7:28:07 AM PST by hunter112
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