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Posted: 10/3/2005 10:39:06 AM EDT

Thursday, September 29, 2005
Go Tell It on the Mountain

A key team in the Anglican leadership in Iraq is feared dead (Hat tip: Donald Sensing)

The entire lay leadership team of the main Anglican church in Iraq is presumed to have been killed after they were attacked while returning from a conference in Jordan. The team of five Iraqi-born Anglicans including the lay pastor and his deputy, should have returned two weeks ago from the conference. ...

The loss brings to 12 the number of Iraqis that Canon White has lost in his reconciliation work in Iraq, although these are the first connected to the church. He did not think they were targeted because they were Anglicans. "The fact is that attacks on people on that road happen all the time, particularly on people who appear to be richer or middle class."

The deaths, in my opinion, are unlikely to affect the Anglican apology for the war in Iraq.

LONDON, September 19, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) - Four Church of England bishops offered Monday, September 19, that the Church takes the lead in reconciling with UK Muslims by apologizing to their leaders for the US-led war in Iraq if the British government fails to do so. ...

Leaders of the Church of England, which lies at the heart of the worldwide Anglican communion, including Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, had been critical of the war, insisting the invasion failed to meet the criteria of a "just war", reported AFP. ... The report highlights a "long litany of errors" in the West's handling of Iraq which includes its support of Saddam Hussein over many years as a strategic ally against Iran, its willingness to sell him weapons and the suffering caused to the Iraqi people by sanctions.

They'll have to get a new lay leadership team in Iraq, though, to don the sackcloth and ashes. The London Times has a list of the missing.

Those missing include Maher Dakel, the lay pastor; his wife, Mona, who leads the women's section of the church; their son Yeheya; the church's pianist and music director, Firas Raad; the deputy lay pastor; and their driver, whose name has not been disclosed.

Perhaps the reluctance to cast blame, except on America, stems from a desire to protect the remaining Anglicans in Iraq from further violence. It brings to mind Piers Brendon's account, in his history of the 1930s, the Dark Valley, of how some men who died under NKVD torture blessed Stalin's name with their final screams in the hopes they could keep their tormentors from persecuting their families. It didn't help.

posted by wretchard at 4:25 PM | 114 comments

Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:08:13 AM EDT
That same little band of "bad" Muslims is up to no good again I see.

Im sure the outcry and denunciation of such acts will appear later today from the majority of the Islamic world.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:16:05 AM EDT
Religion of Peace! Religion of Peace!

Those quotes from the koran mean nothing, we're the Religion of Peace.

We wouldn't kill non-muslims...its just something that happened in the old days...we love other religions!

Religion of Peace!

That is all....
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:18:15 AM EDT
Remember, guys, this is not Christians against Muslims...

(it's Muslims against everyone else, apparently. Shhhh, don't say anything.)
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:50:59 PM EDT
Aren't the Anglicans the ones who officially allow gay priests and causing a huge rift in their denomination?
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:54:49 PM EDT
The only good thing about Saddam was that under his rule the 800,000 christians in Iraq were allowed to practice their religion freely (they were only forbidden from proseletizing), and they were protected.

One of the fallouts of our invasion has been that christians in Iraq have become targets for the rag wrappers. When we pull out and the Iraqi civil war kicks into high gear, the christians are all going to wind up in mass graves.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 6:57:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 6:58:35 PM EDT by lokt]
...doh. reading comprehension
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