Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More Islamophobia

Rafah Toma survived one of the most horrific attacks on Iraq's tiny Christian community — the siege on a Baghdad church two months ago that left 68 people dead — only to be gunned down in her home Monday by thieves stealing her cash and jewelry.

It was not immediately clear whether Toma's death was the latest attack to target Iraq's beleaguered Christians, or instead another of the brutal robberies that have become commonplace for all Iraqis, Muslim and Christian alike.

The priest that found her battered body, Father Mukhlis, serves at the Our Lady of Salvation church where more than 120 people were taken hostage on Oct. 31 after gunmen stormed the building during an evening Mass. He said that Toma, who was in her 50s, was one of the parishioners at Mass that evening.

"It was her fate to not die in the attack on the church but to die by gunmen who killed her to steal her gold and money," he said. "Christians face a tragedy in this country."

Maybe one day our media and the intelligentsia will report the truth - - innocent Jews and Christians are attacked daily by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.

Until them, the attacks will be largely ignored, but the defensive responses will be criticized.

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