Iraqis: This Land Was Your Land

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When Iraqi Christians were driven out of cities like Mosul and Baghdad, they dreamed of returning home. Now, at least in Baghdad, most won’t have a home to come back to!

In a stunning twist to the devastating stories of so many Iraqis, it seems ISIS has “illegally seized” about 70% of the capital’s Christian homes, according to a member of the city’s municipal council.

“These houses belonged to Christians who fled from Baghdad, seeking refuge from violent attacks targeting them and their homes. The title deed documents have been falsified and the new title deeds have been lodged with the real estate registry. Many properties had been given illegally to other Iraqi citizens.”

One of the NGOs stationed in the area confirmed the reports, saying, “Most of the Christian who left Iraq for Europe had their homes stolen. Since then, their ownership was transferred, and the homes are now occupied by militia commanders and politicians in or close to power.”

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Unfortunately, Iraqi Christians aren’t the only ones anxious to get home.

So is American Christian Saeed Abedini. The U.S. citizen, who remains in the worst prison in Iran for his faith, has now been “viciously beaten” and attacked by his fellow prisoners, his wife Naghmeh reports.

Calling it “heartbreaking,” Naghmeh again pleaded for help for her husband — just a week after testifying before Congress to ask for his release. “Saeed’s life is continuously threatened, not only because he is an American, but also because he is a convert from Islam to Christianity. It’s time to get Saeed home before it is too late.”

Despite the intense persecution, President Obama has yet to make good on his assurances to the Abedini family that he would do everything to free America’s own. Instead, Pastor Saeed’s plight — like that of so many Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East — continues to rank a distant second to the administration’s only cause: the international promotion of homosexuality.

As former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Paul Bremer warned, “A lot of words from [President Obama] aren’t going to change history’s judgment.” We can only hope that a lot of our prayers can change the Middle East’s judgment for Christians.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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