The Christin right in America frequently expresses their belief that George Bush is a stalwart defender of Christian principles. When American troops entered Iraq there were about 800,000 Christians in the country, but today, more than half have fled the fundamentalist Muslim government which has done little to protect Christian rights. German churches are now urging their government to be generous and grant asylum to those fleeing the murderous rule of fundamentalist Islam in Iraq. Gunter Nooke, commissioner of the German human rights group describes the situation for Iraq Christians as “threats, murder and abduction are part of the daily life for Christians in Iraq.” According to Bishop Wolfgang Huber, Christians in Iraq face violence that is the equivalent of “ethnic cleansings and genocide in othr places.”
Bishop Huber and Catholic officials are urging their government to grant up to 30,000 aslym places for Christians fleeing Iraq. Ironically, the Christians being forced to leave Iraq trace their ancestry back over a thousand years, centuries before there even was a Muslim religion. Now, they must leave as a result of George Bush’s misguided, incompetent invasion which gave no thought to its impact upon Christianity in that nation.