Anonymous asked: Actually iraqi christians were not 40% refugees, not the target of abuse, rape, bombings, murder during the iraq invasion sorry to burst your bubble,ur facts are baseless,as myself an atheist, doctor & aid worker who was in iraq during that time, christians did not suffer as much as you're going on they did, evangelical charity were helping christians whilst trying to convert muslims,yazidi & jews drop the victimhood &the most terrorism in the world has been caused by christians, Thats a fact
Christians/Assyrians WERE 40% of Iraq’s refugees.
"Although they make up only about 5% of Iraq’s population, Christians make up nearly 40% of the refugees fleeing Iraq, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees." Source
The most terrorism has been done by Christians? That’s bullshit.
Evangelicals try to convert Assyrians to their churches as well, to leave their age-old churches for newfound ones.
Iraqi Chaldean Catholic (Assyrian) women attend Sunday mass at a Chaldean church in Amman, Jordan, in this Feb. 2007 file photo
The most terrorism has been done by Christians? LOL. STOP.
In the Western world, most crimes are perpetrated by white folk who fall under the “Christian” category on, like, government forms or whatever but to say that terrorism (which, for the sake of this post, I’ll define as acts meant to inspire terror and cause death for mass amounts of people) is mostly caused by Christians is LAUGHABLE and is CLEARLY a comment made by someone whose world view is myopic and strictly Western.
With that said, since we’re framing this conversation around violence and religion, it might interest people to know that Christians are the group most targeted by religious persecution worldwide (especially in the MENA region). And, no, white people: I’m not talking about your bullshit struggle of not allowing Christmas trees in schools. I’m talking massacres, rapes, Church-burnings, etc. So to paint Christians in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East as the aggressors is a blatant lie.
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Lol, YOUR facts are baseless, Sir, for you to be merely an “Atheist, doctor and aid-worker in Iraq during that time” you were clearly living in the “safe zone” and not in any of the horrors that we had to live in. My 10 year old, Christian self was and I can tell you that Christians were and remain the most persecuted against. You clearly are rather delusional.
Anonymous asked: You say you're not maronite and now muslim. Are you jew?
LMAO. Are those the only three options?
What I want to know is why you’re so persistent with regard to asking about my religion. And I’d love to go off on you about it but it’s Lent so I’m going to pretend to be a better person than I actually am and just enlighten your ass.
First, “Muslim” doesn’t cover it. You can be Shia, Sunni, Alawite, Ismaili (which is technically Shia), etc. There are also Druze in Lebanon (a sizeable population, actually) as well as Jehovah’s Witnesses and atheists. I know: shocking. Lebanon is made up of all kinds of different people! Who knew?!
Second, there are several Christian rites in Lebanon. Maronites make up the biggest group but there are also Orthodox churches, Melkites, Copts (which are Orthodox, technically), Protestants, etc. The Armenian and Assyrian populations in Lebanon also have their own Churches which can fall under the Catholic or Orthodox category as well as others.
Jokingly (and sometimes not), Maronites, Orthodox and Melkites (which are the big 3) dislike each other because they each think their Church is the best one. Maronites are in communion with Rome and, in fact, their masses and churches look a lot like Roman Catholic masses and churches (in terms of length, décor, etc.) Maronite mass is where you’re most likely to hear some Latin chanting here and there. The Orthodox are not in communion with Rome and have very ornate masses and churches (aka: Longest. Mass. Ever.) The Byzantine rite is the backbone of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Lebanon and it’s all gold and bejewelled and beautiful. Finally, there is the Melkite Church: it is in communion with Rome but that’s where the buck stops. In everything else, it resembles the Eastern Orthodox Church. It’s also gold and bejewelled and beautiful. Melkites and the Orthodox use Greek in their chants (“kýrie, eléison,” holla! (sorry, Jesus)). Why do the three not get along all the time? Well, it comes down to questions of opinion about communion with Rome, married priests, direct line back to Christ Himself, etc.
Here’s something that used to mess with my head when I was a little girl and I’m only including it because you can get into funny conversations with Lebanese people about this (I’ll explain). The Maronites are known as el mwerne (موارنة) in Arabic. That makes sense, right? Like, you can see where “mwerne" is like "Maronite". The Orthodox are known as el room (الروم) in Arabic. But that’s too much like Rome to little-girl-me and it used to confuse the hell out of me. Then, get this: the Melkites are known as el kotlik (الكاثوليك). Which, ok. Why are Melkites the only ones known as Catholic? Maronites are Catholic, too! Little-girl-me used to be so confused about this (I get it now: it’s because the Melkite Church is called كنيسة الروم الملكيين الكاثوليك but I still don’t see why we’re not just called el malakiyin (الملكيين)). Anyway, what’s funny is that if you tell a Maronite that he or she is “Catholic”, you’ll most likely get “No, I’m Maronite” as an answer because Lebanese people have been so conditioned to assert their religions in Arabic that they forget that English words have different meanings. I don’t know. This might only be funny to me.
So, if I’m not Maronite (which is just one of the many branches of Christianity not just in Lebanon but around the world), then my religious options are not just Islam (also many branches there) or Judaism (same thing). Don’t be dense, ya 7mar.
And, since you’re going to keep asking: I am Melkite.