Letters to the Editor

Religious persecution

For some warped reason, the western nations have been turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East over the past few years. Yet many thousands of Christians are losing their homes and even their lives as a result of such persecution by Islamist radicals.

Just within the last few days, this persecution has taken an ugly turn for the worse in Iraq, in the vast area now under the control of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The leader of the Chaldean Catholics has made an urgent appeal “to all who have a living conscience” to raise their voices against this persecution which is on the verge of genocide.

The Chaldean Catholics, the majority Christian faith in Iraq, have been there since the first century. They still speak Aramaic, the everyday language that Jesus spoke.

Yet, after two safe millennia, they are now on the verge of being exterminated. This cannot be allowed to happen!

We must all make our voices heard by contacting our elected representatives as well as such organizations as the United Nations urging them to do everything possible to stop this atrocity.

— William Brown, Arlington