ASIA/IRAQ - Chaldean Patriarchate: "incendiary rhetoric" against Christians fuels Islamophobia

Baghdad - Cases of preachers and self-proclaimed Muslim leaders, who from mosques and social media entrusted to them, define Christians, Jews and Gentiles as "infidels" and instigate their followers to treat them with the same violent and discriminatory practices used against them by jihadists from Daesh or al Qaeda, continue to be registered in Iraq marked by military campaigns to free Mosul from jihadists of the self-proclaimed Islamic State . This is what the Babylonian Patriarchate of the Chaldeans denounced in a document pointing out that the "incendiary rhetoric" speeches against Christians and other religious communities present in Iraq are not beneficial to Islam and contribute to "fueling Islamophobia". Moreover, according to the document, signed by Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, they compromise national unity and endanger peace, since Christians are an integral part of the Iraqi national fabric, to the point that even the fathers of many Muslims shared the Faith in Christ, before the lands of Mesopotamia were conquered by Muslim Arab warriors.
In the text released by the Patriarchate, and sent to Agenzia Fides, civil and religious authorities are called to counteract all expressions that foment hatred of sectarianism, citing also verse 29 of the XVIII Sura of the Koran: "Say: Then whosoever wills, let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve".