Iraqi Christians Cancel Christmas

Arts & Crafts in 2008 on the Victory Base Complex, Iraq Photo: Staff Sgt. Joy Pariante

Arts & Crafts on the Victory Base Complex, Iraq Photo: Staff Sgt. Joy Pariante

Christmas isn’t always accompanied with holiday cheer, sometimes it comes with death threats. MSNBC reports:

Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier.

A council representing Christian denominations across Iraq advised its followers to cancel public Christmas celebrations out of concern over new terror attacks and as a show of mourning for the victims of the church siege and other violence.

Church officials in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul, the southern city of Basra and in the capital confirmed they will not put up Christmas decorations or hold evening Mass and have urged worshippers to refrain from decorating their homes.

Even an appearance by Santa Claus was called off.

“Nobody can ignore the threats of al-Qaida against Iraqi Christians,” said Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako in Kirkuk. “We cannot find a single source of joy that makes us celebrate. The situation of the Christians is bleak.”

Christians across Iraq have been living in fear since a Baghdad church attack in October that left 68 people dead.

[Continues at MSNBC]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    Frankly , who cares? No one cares about Christians or Jews in a Muslim country – we expect them to be killed. However if a group of Muslims are taken off an airplane in a Western country because they are scaring the hell out of the passengers – well that is RACISM my friends!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    Frankly , who cares? No one cares about Christians or Jews in a Muslim country – we expect them to be killed. However if a group of Muslims are taken off an airplane in a Western country because they are scaring the hell out of the passengers – well that is RACISM my friends!!!!

    • $4251815

      If you’re scared of Muslims then you’re a pussy. And actually I do care they can’t celebrate Christmas, it’s fucking retarded, because about 10 years ago they could celebrate. Thank you George W. Bush, Merry Christmas one and all.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re scared of Muslims then you’re a pussy. And actually I do care they can’t celebrate Christmas, it’s fucking retarded, because about 10 years ago they could celebrate. Thank you George W. Bush, Merry Christmas one and all.

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