Thursday, July 31, 2014

Solidarity with Iraqi Christians THIS Saturday in San Francisco

On Saturday, August 2, at 10AM in Justin Herman Plaza, Bay Area residents will join people around the world in demonstrations of solidarity with the suffering Christians in Iraq.

Iraqi Christians have been given an ultimatum by the ISIS terrorists: convert to Islam, leave Iraq, or die. (They had originally been “offered” the alternative of paying the jizya, a tax levied on non-Muslims, but that was later withdrawn.). Many are fleeing the place that has been there home for 2000 years. Men are being killed, women raped, churches far older than the United States are being destroyed. Last Saturday, ISIS blew up the Church of the Virgin Mary in Mosul:

They have also destroyed the tomb of the prophet Jonah, and even blown up mosques belonging to members of the Shia sect of Islam, with whom they disagree.  The U.S. Bishop have urged our government to take action to help our brothers and sisters in Christ: 

“The Islamic State has taken control of large swaths of territory in northern Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction, burning and looting ancient churches and mosques, homes and businesses...Thousands have fled with little more than the clothes on their backs, often being robbed of their few personal possessions as they ran.” -Bishop Richard E. Pates, the U.S. bishops’ chairman of International Justice and Peace, letter to U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, July 25.

The worldwide protest includes London, New York, Los Angeles, Australia, many places. In San Francisco, the demonstration of solidarity will take place at 10AM, this Saturday, August 2, at Justin Herman Plaza. —here is our chance to show our support. Details may be found here.

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