Religion and Politics

Listen to ISIS’s Story – the one where they behead children

I have thus far attempted to focus on local issues on this blog, but… I am not a pacifist. I do not believe it is justifiable, either by Scripture or Tradition. I believe in Just War. I likewise believe in the preservation of human life. The only thing ISIS wants us to hear is that they intend to destroy all opposition to the Caliphate, including women and children. “Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,” said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, he called

Religion and Politics

The Law of unintended consequences in Iraq – A tough question for Christians

Read Dr. Jim West, here: I believe that one can make a fair case that Bush’s war in Iraq brought the dreadful law of unintended consequences with a vengeance if we think in terms of Christians and the History of Christianity. There is a tough question for Christians though: Should Christians be complacent, with murderous dictators because their demise may ultimately result in the destruction not only of Christianity, but also Christian History and even the survival of Christian people, as it is happening in Iraq? This is a tough question! It is tough because many Arabs I know,

Archaeology / Fourth Century / Society and Religion

Fourth Century Church found in Iraq?

Erica Hunter, a professor of early Christianity at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, says historical evidence shows that by the early third century, the faith was well established in what is now southern Iraq by the Lakhmid dynasty, an Arab kingdom whose final ruler converted to Christianity […] Hunter is cautious about claims the newly discovered ruins are Iraq’s oldest church, but adds, “They certainly must be very, very early,”¬†perhaps dating to the fourth century dating. (ht)  

Society and Religion

Will the Mandaeans survive, and thrive, in the U.S.?

The article is a great one, detailing the influx of refugees due to religious issues… leaving their homes and arriving in the U.S…. but this part in particular caught my eye… Residents in Worcester, Mass., also have looked with curiosity as hundreds of recently resettled Iraqi refugees, who practice the pre-Christian Mandaean religion, hold early morning baptisms in Lake Quisigamond. Mandaeans have seen their population decrease in Iraq from 70,000 in the 1990s to just 3,000 today. In addition, more than 1,000 Iranian Mandaeans have fled to the U.S. after Iran passed laws prohibiting Mandaeans in civil life.  

Religion and Politics

Troops home for Christmas? Who’d have a problem with that?

First, I hope that this promise is held up. Secondly, I want Afghanistan too. Third, the GOP’ers who are criticizing this are showing that they are either moral monsters, or have no clue as to why a rush like this is better than a long, drawn out process. President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year’s end. … “Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of

Religion and Politics

The President to stand up to the Generals

The Obama administration has decided to drop the number of U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the year down to 3,000, marking a major downgrade in force strength, multiple sources familiar with the inner workings and decisions on U.S. troop movements in Iraq told Fox News. Senior commanders are said to be livid at the decision, which has already been signed off by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. via Sources: Obama Administration To Drop Troop Levels In Iraq To 3,000 | Color me shocked. Now, what about Afghanistan?


Rebuilding King Ashurbanipal’s Library

Almost nothing can more completely foil a plan than a war followed by a protracted occupation. But despite an impressive array of obstacles, the University of Mosul in Iraq is going ahead with an ambitious project: building a new library to revive the ancient library of Assyrian King Ashurbanipal, the ruins of which are located just outside the modern city of Mosul. After the invasion of Iraq by the United States, Mosul, a focal point of violence in the early years of the war, became difficult terrain for a large-scale cultural development project. But now, plans hatched a decade