I want to share with you some of the concerns of Christians, more than half of whom emigrated, and the rest are on the (standby) list due to instabilities, the absence of equal opportunities, and justice of the law. Without considering, the Iraqi Christians are the indigenous people of the country and partners in the homeland!
Theater of The Absurd
Every once in a while, a Christian politician comes out to unbelievably declare that the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashid) is divine! Although the Shiite authority itself did not use such a description. These politicians also use pictures of the Virgin Mary, the Lord Christ, and crosses in processions, as if we were in a crusade! Misusing religious symbols in the wrong places and times is considered a desecration!
A while ago, a Christian deputy appeared on Al-Ahed TV saying: “Sheikh Khazali applied the teachings of Christ and the morals of Christ….” With all due respect to His Eminence Sheikh Khazali, this description intersects with public morals. The honorable Sheikh is a Shiite Muslim who applies Islamic law, not Christian education. I do not understand why religions are involved and distorted in politics! These masks must be lifted!
Christians live in a state of frustration because of unfair personal status laws: the Islamization of minors and the Islamization of people forced to convert to Islam by al-Qaeda or ISIS under threat of death. I personally sought to return them to their Christian religious status in response to their request, but my requests were denied under the excuse of apostasy. This is not apostasy, but public coercion, because the choice of religious conversion is not made out of conviction and freedom but out of coercion!
There is a national law that states Christian employees (after leaving their governmental job due to retirement or emigration, or any other reason) are replaced by other Christians, but this is not being implemented due to sectarianism, bribery, and seizuring of jobs.
A couple of examples are mentioned, but the cases are not limited to only these; in one case, the minister signed an employment application for 5 Christian youths. However, the responsible manager refused to implement it and demanded a large sum (a blatant bribe)!
It was said that the Police College accepted 3,000 applications to join the police, but not a single Christian was hired among these, while I had personally submitted ten names.
Two weeks ago, a Christian who holds a Ph.D. degree and is a director in one of the ministries came to me and said, “people are fighting me and want me to give up my position so that someone else can seize it!”
A qualified Christian was appointed as a major general in an embassy, but after one week, he was taken off the position, and a non-christian was appointed in his place.
An attempt was made to exclude a well-known, respected, and professional woman, who clearly had the praise of her superiors, but she remained because she defended her right vigorously.
A few days ago, the head of the Investment Commission submitted her resignation, and according to the testimony of many, she was a sincere and honest person to her job and to Iraq. After her resignation, a campaign was launched questioning her certificate’s validity and defaming her reputation.
The list is long. These immoral behaviors will remain in the memory unless they are addressed.
In the Nineveh Plains, the concerns of Christians increased so much that they began to emigrate again! I was told Christian Families from Nineveh plain leave Iraq at a rate of 20 families per month due to the chaos, fragmentation, and favoritism created by sectarian militias!
How could a Christian or Muslim who believes in God commit such transgressions?
Who will protect these peaceful Christians who are loyal to their homeland if the state does not protect them? These are painful violations, and they have repercussions on Iraq’s reputation.
With agony, I say: If you do not wish us to remain equal citizens in our country, Iraq, then be honest about it! So that we can manage ourselves before it is too late.
Original Arabic Article: https://saint-adday.com/?p=51469
Article translated by: Ankawa Humanitarian Committee