Iraq’s Vulnerable Christians Further Imperiled by Jihadist Advance
Whatever may be said about Saddam Hussein, "anti-Christian" is not one of them. He was an equal-opportunity ruthless dictator, persecuting and killing Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christian Iraqis, and even the few remaining Iraqi Jews with unprejudiced fervor (although he seems to have had a particularly hard place in his dark heart for Kurds).
After the Malaki government took the reins of state power there, though, Christians began to have a hard go of things, to say nothing of the Jews, whose ancestors had lived there since Babylonian times. Now there are pretty much no Jews left and the number of Christians living in Iraq dropped very dramatically after Malaki took over. The Jews and Christians have mostly exiled.
It's not the Malaki & Co. actively persecuted them. It's that the government did nothing to stop their persecution by Muslim Iraqis and did not bring the shield of law between them and their officially-unofficial persecutors.
But if they think they have it bad now, just wait until ISIS takes Baghdad. ISIS will simply murder Iraqi Christians and whatever very few Jews may still be around, simply because of their religion.
ISIS’s conduct in Syria, where it is engaged in the jihad against the Assad regime but has also been fighting against other rebel groups, gives Christians in Iraq particular cause to be fearful.Pray for them. The battle of Baghdad is about to begin.
In areas under its control, including its stronghold in the north, Raqqa, ISIS militants have imposed Taliban-like shari’a regulations, enforced through brutal punishments including public beheadings and crucifixions.