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Originally posted by Muaddib
Originally posted by marg6043
Do you see any of this muslins pushing Islam on christians here in US.?
I have not seen these responses before so i am responding now.
To anwser your question.. yes Marg, not too long ago we were discussing that at least in one town in the US there was talk of allowing Muslim prayers be broadcasted through loudspeakers,
Originally posted by taibunsuu
Odd that Christians and Muslims lived together in Iraq peacefully (Tariq Aziz, Iraqi Foreign Minister for Saddam, was Christian) and now that we invade the Christians are being persecuted. But don't worry, everything over there is better than it was under Saddam. lol
"During Saddam's time," Kana says, "we were disrespected guests in our own home." The Baathist regime destroyed close to 200 villages and over 125 churches and historical monasteries in the region; it tried to impose Koranic law on Christian children; it employed a policy of Arabization toward the Assyrian community; it assassinated the leader of the Assyrian Christian church; it exiled and killed many in the Chaldean community. "They destroyed us and deported our people, without even giving them a chance," Kana notes.
Since Assyrians are geographically hemmed in by Persians, Turks, Kurds and Arabs, they have suffered terrible persecution in the modern era. In 1915, many were slaughtered by the Ottomans and the Kurds. In 1919, they sought their own state. When the British took over Mesopotamia after World War I, they judged the Assyrians' situation so desperate that they considered moving them to Canada. In 1930, there were proposals to transfer them to South America, in 1932 to Syria. Following massacres by the Arabs in 1933, the British flew the patriarch to Cyprus for safety while the League of Nations debated moving them to Brazil or Niger(!). Under Saddam's censuses, they were not allowed to register as Assyrians, only as Arabs or Kurds. Now many Assyrians have fled to southern California and Chicago, and Chaldeans to Detroit.
Middle East scholar Mordechai Nisan has written that the “cutting edge of modern Middle Eastern statehood was a cruel portent for certain minority peoples, specifically Christian ones like Armenians in Turkey and Assyrians in Iraq.” The “tyranny of the majority” was, he notes, “a formula in the East for repression and loss on a grand scale.”
And today? Interviewing Assyrian leaders recently in Baghdad, I found the lessons of this history crystallized in their continuing fear of such a tyranny. They worry that America will yield to demands for Islamic law from the Islamist bloc in the new Iraqi governing council and that they will once more become a barely tolerated and often despised minority.