'Save us from Iraq-Syria caliphate', Eastern Christians

Why was IS allowed to be created?

14 August, 09:35

    Worshipers pray at the Al-Noori Al-Kabeer mosque, next to flag used by the Islamic State in Mosul city Worshipers pray at the Al-Noori Al-Kabeer mosque, next to flag used by the Islamic State in Mosul city

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - In a letter sent to all Arab embassies in Italy and the Vatican, the Rome representative of the Christian Melkite Church on Wednesday demanded that Muslim political, military, and religious authorities and international bodies stop Islamic extremism and the ''brutal religious-ethnic cleansing'' underway by the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. Father Mtanious Hadad called the silence of national and international religious and secular institutions ''disturbing'', as nothing had been done to stop the ''gestation, rise and cruel practices - medieval or even pre-historic - used within an illegitimate caliphate'' allowed to be created in Syria and Iraq. It is an ''offense to the human race, to the Muslim religion, and to its intelligence,'' the letter from the Melkite Church reads. ''It is no longer tolerable that churches be desecrated, that people are executed for being Christians, that they are crucified and that their corpses are desecrated''.

    ''We call on governments around the world and especially those in the Middle East,'' added Hadad, ''to stop the unacceptable and shameful extortion of money that goes by the name of 'jizya'.'' ''What other limits,'' he said, ''have to be passed before international diplomacy takes action to restore respect for human beings and civil order, in this world where it is a crime to abandon an animal but it does not seem to be one to establish a caliphate between two sovereign states or practice anachronistic religious-ethnic cleansing?''. Melkites, Byzantine Rite Christians, are one of the most widespread churches in Syria and Iraq. (ANSAmed).

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