Iraqi archbishop: US more concerned about image of Islam than victims of persecution
Archbishop Warda said: “All the statements (by U.S. government and media) have not condemned strongly what damage it is doing. What they are saying is just ‘This is not the true Islam. This is violating the picture of Islam.’ The issue for them is the image of Islam, but none of these statements speak about the victims, about what has been done to the victims, they are not even mentioned. And that is one of the questions our people have.”
Indeed so. But most of his coreligionists in the U.S. don’t dare press this point, for to do so would harm the “dialogue.” In fact, the U.S. Catholic bishops even more actively to silence those who speak out about why this persecution is happening. Their complicit silence is also in pursuit of this chimerical and self-defeating “dialogue.”
“If you won’t help our people stay, help them leave – Catholic bishops from the Middle East,” by Mary Rezac, EWTN, August 5, 2015 (thanks to Ming):
Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle East, they also believe those trying to leave are being unjustly discriminated against when applying for United States visas.
According to federal data, since October 2014, 906 Muslim refugees from Syria were granted U.S. visas, while only 28 of Syria’s estimated 700,000 displaced Christians were given the same. Even when accounting for population percentages (Christians account for 10 percent of the religious makeup of Syria), the numbers of visas granted seems widely disproportional.
Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil and Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo spoke at an Aug. 4 press conference at the Knights of Columbus 2015 Convention in Philadelphia about the situation for Christians in the Middle East.
They said that while they do not believe the discrimination against giving Christians visas goes all the way to the top of America’s administration, their people have noticed the injustice.
“Our people are asking these questions: how come we apply for the American visa and are denied?” Archbishop Warda said.
“This is a clear case of persecution,” he added.
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