Insurgent group threatening Christians

From the Star-Telegraph, life in Iraq for Christians:

BAGHDAD — A group affiliated with al Qaeda is giving Christians in Baghdad a stark set of four options: Convert to Islam, marry your daughters to our fighters, pay an Islamic tax or leave with only the clothes on your back.

A U.S. military official said American forces became aware of the threats only last month and have erected barriers around the largest Christian enclave in Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood in an effort to protect residents.

Christians in Baghdad refuse to discuss the threats by Islamic State of Iraq, an insurgent umbrella group that’s dominated by al Qaeda in Iraq, for fear of retribution Link

In a meeting with U.S. President George Bush, Pope Benedict XVI mentioned his concerns:

The pope expressed to Bush a “deep concern” about Christians living in Muslim-majority Iraq.

“He was concerned that the society that was evolving would not tolerate the Christian religion, and I assured him we were working hard to make sure that people lived up to the constitution — that modern constitution voted on by the people from different walks of life and different attitudes,” Bush said Link

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