Detroit-area Chaldeans decry ‘genocide’ of Christians in Iraq

Detroit — Shouting slogans such as “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians need you!” and “Stop the violence in Iraq!” about 150 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Detroit on Aug. 1 to call awareness to the violent persecution of Christians in their native land.

Later in the day, nearly 1,000 more gathered at Mother of God Chaldean Church in Southfield for a prayer vigil led by Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat, who shared a similar message . . .

Ashor Khairon, another protester in Detroit, called the situation “genocide” and expressed frustration at the lack of action on the part of the U.S. and international community.

It’s a small turnout considering there are about 120,000 Chaldeans in the Metropolitan Detroit area but I’m glad someone is bringing the message of the Genocide Against Christians in Iraq into the Public Square.

It’s nice to see them bring solidarity to this.

Also, one can imagine the media’s different style of reporting if this happened under Bush.

So true.

There’s enough of this ugliness in that part of the world, that I wonder if we don’t need some basic immigration controls to resist it’s spread here. Perhaps immigrants need to affirm some cultural compatibility before being granted immigration privileges. Some questions like:

1 - Do you believe in religious freedom defined as the ability to follow your conscience and join or leave religious communities depending on what you believe to be the truth?

2 - Does your faith or sense of honor require you to kill a family member whose actions bring shame on the family or him or herself?

3 - Should a woman have the right to divorce a husband who is abusive to her and have the right to protection against him from the police powers of the state?

4 - Should women receive the same educational, recreational and career opportunities as men under the laws and regulations of a country?

5 - Should laws be enacted that prohibit the publishing of criticisms of any or all specific religions or religious figures of history?

6 - Should the laws of a nation require compliance with ALL of the moral commands of any particular religion?

IMO, answers of N, N, N, N, Y, Y should trigger a serious review and probably rejection of that candidate for immigration. Sure, some will lie and hide their real convictions, but probably not the ones so gung ho as to actually sign on for terrorism.

I wonder how the Detroit Chaldean community gets along with the Detroit muslim community? The answer should be instructive in terms of whether the above is actually needed.

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