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Iraqi Christians Face Slaughter if US Withdraws too Early Warn Church Leaders

Contact: Dane Rose, Program Director, Faith and Action, 202-546-8329 ext. 106., 703-447-1072 cell

 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Faith and Action and the National Clergy Council, representing church leaders from Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant traditions, will today deliver thousands of petitions to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warning that early withdrawal of US troops will result in the slaughter of more than 2000 Christians in areas of Iraq. The greater Christian community, estimated moderately at 500,000 persons, would also be in jeopardy as well."

 

The Council bases its warning in findings by a recent religious delegation to Baghdad  led by National Clergy Council executive member Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney and the Christian Defense Coalition.

 

"Iraqi Christians told Rev. Mahoney they have no doubt that once US troops withdraw, Christians will be immediately exterminated," said National Clergy Council president Rev. Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK).

 

"If our troops are forced to withdraw early, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will have the blood of martyrs on their hands. We plead with our congressional leaders not to put political gain ahead of protection for the precious Christians of Iraq."

 

Rev. Schenck will attend hearings on Capitol Hill today when US Commander David Petraeus gives his report to congressional committees. Schenck will also participate in the Christian Defense Coalition prayer vigil for Iraqi Christians tonight in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House.