The Ann Coulter Doctrine doesn’t seem to be working out:
The blackened shells of five cars still sit in front of the Church of the Virgin Mary here, stark reminders of a bomb blast that killed two people after a recent Sunday Mass.
In the northern city of Mosul, a priest from the Syriac Orthodox Church was kidnapped last week. His church complied with his captorsâ€™ demands and put up posters denouncing recent comments made by the pope about Islam, but he was killed anyway. The police found his beheaded body on Wednesday.
Muslim fury over Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s public reflections on Islam in Germany a month ago â€” when he quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor as calling Islam â€œevil and inhumanâ€ â€” has subsided elsewhere, but repercussions continue to reverberate in Iraq, bringing a new level of threat to an already shrinking Christian population.
They have long been a tiny minority amid a sea of Islamic faith. But under Saddam Hussein, Iraqâ€™s million or so Christians for the most part coexisted peacefully with Muslims, both the dominant Sunnis and the majority Shiites.
But since Mr. Husseinâ€™s ouster, their status here has become increasingly uncertain, first because many Muslim Iraqis framed the American-led invasion as a modern crusade against Islam, and second because Christians traditionally run the countryâ€™s liquor stories, anathema to many religious Muslims.
Over the past three and a half years, Christians have been subjected to a steady stream of church bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and threatening letters slipped under their doors.
Perhaps Ann needs to go to Iraq and explain it to them. Sometimes you need to hear it from the horses mouth…
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