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Chaldeans Complain of Clericalism

Christians in Iraq have condemned clerical interference in their political affairs, which is viewed as part of the U.S.A.’s attempt to hold onto its fragile and dwindling control over the country.

A recent statement released by the Chaldean Patriarchate, entitled ‘The Chaldean Church Refuses to Form a Christian Faction’, says that Christians can engage in political activity “but not to form a Christian faction”, and that “armed factions in the name of Christianity contradict the spirituality of the Christian religion which calls for love, tolerance, forgiveness and peace”.

The statement is widely regarded as a political attack directed against the 50th Brigade of the Popular Mobilisation Units, and the statement issued to serve the geo-political interests of the U.S.A.

The 50th Brigade of the P.M.U. is commonly known as the Babylon Brigades. The P.M.U. is a network of grass-roots based militias that formed all over Iraq to supplement the Iraqi army in its war against ISIS and it operates under the overall command of the Iraqi armed forces. The Babylon Brigades first formed in 2014 as a Chaldean militia to protect Christians against Wahhabi-Salafist terrorism, and soon became a respected component of the Popular Mobilisation Units. It is closely associated with the Babylon Movement which holds two seats in the Iraqi Parliament, and which constitutes the biggest Christian bloc in the Iraqi parliament.

The commander of the 50th Brigade, Rayan al-Kildani, was recently placed on a U.S. sanctions list, the timing of which, Chaldeans have noted, coincides suspiciously with not just the statement issued by the Iraqi Patriarchate, but with a policy enacted by U.S. government to rip apart families and deport over 1000 of the 250,000 Chaldeans living in the U.S.A., even though many of them were not actually born in Iraq and do not even speak Arabic.

This new policy is seen as the U.S.A. attempting to exert political leverage over the Chaldean Church and a harsh demonstration that U.S. authorities can target and mistreat the quarter-of-a-million Chaldeans living in the U.S.A. if the Christians of Iraq are not compliant with U.S. foreign policy.

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Christians say “Honour Hezbollah”

On Friday it will become illegal in the UK to show public support for the Lebanese organisation Hezbollah, which is about to be fully classified as a so-called “terrorist” organisation.

Hezbollah constitutes the biggest elected parliamentary group in the Lebanese government, and thousands of its supporters have courageously risked their lives and shed their blood protecting Christian, as well as Muslim, communities from Saudi-backed Wahhabi-Salafist head-choppers sent in to cause murder and mayhem in Syria and Iraq.

At the same time, the UK continues a lucrative multi-billion pound trade in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, an horrific trade in murder and mayhem that actually increased by two-thirds in 2017.

In return, Saudi Arabia funds the widespread construction of mosques throughout the UK which preach and indoctrinate Muslims living in the UK with the Wahhabi-Salafist message.

Common sense says it’s not going to end at all well.

The esteem in which Hezbollah is held throughout the Middle East by Christians can be gauged from the video produced below from a concert given by the Maronite Catholic singer Julia Boutros.

 

Persecuted Christians Not Welcome in UK

The Catholic Herald reports:

An Iraqi nun who wants to visit her sick sister in the UK has been denied a visa by the Home Office.

Sister Ban Madleen was driven out of Qaraqosh, the biggest Christian town in the Nineveh plains, by ISIS, who took over her Dominican convent. She settled as a refugee in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdestand, where she set up kindergartens. The refugees are returning to their home towns now that ISIS have been driven out.

Sister Ban is not the first religious to have problems visiting Britain, according to Fr Benedict Kiely, founder of Nasarean.org, which helps the persecuted Christians of the Middle East. Another Dominican nun with a PhD in Biblical Theology from Oxford has been refused a visa twice……

……. In December 2016 three archbishops from Iraq and Syria were refused entry into the UK despite being invited by the country’s Syriac Orthodox Church for the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, attended by Prince Charles.

“Why do they treat Christians like this?”

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UK visas: YES to radical Islamists, NO to Christian archbishops!

It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world’s attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria………..

……….. Yet, at the same time this is happening, radical Islamist leaders are being told they can have visas – even though they represent organisations or movements that incite violence and persecution against Christians.

Read more at Barnabas Fund.

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