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U.S. Churches Speak Out for Iraq's Struggling Christians

But will they ever name the persecutors?

3:30 PM, May 28, 2010 • By MARK TOOLEY
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Meanwhile, a May 2 attack on Christian university students on buses near Mosul killed one and injured 188, prompting Iraqi Church leaders to issue their own nearly unprecedented join plea: "This attack is one painful episode in a series targeting Christians, especially painful since these students were defenseless," lamented the Council of the Christian Church Leaders of Iraq, which was just formed earlier this year and includes 14 of Iraq's Christian communions. "They are the hope for the future of Iraq, and as a group they have nothing to do with politics."  

Gathered at an emergency meeting in Qaraqosh, the prelates appealed for Iraq's central government to "ensure law, security and safety."  And they prayed for God to "give comfort to the martyrs and a quick recovery to the wounded and to protect our country from all harm, and to restore to us the gift of peace and stability."

Struggling Christians in Iraq, as throughout the Middle East, must tread very carefully.  Western Christians can be more explicit about the threat and its primary perpetrators.  That even the National Council of Churches, with its mostly liberal dominated Protestant communions, is joining the U.S. Catholic bishops to advocate on behalf of persecuted Iraqi Christians is progress.  But will they ever name the persecutors?

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