On Christmas Eve, two car bombs targeting Christians in Iraq killed at least 38 Christians in southern Baghdad. A car bomb exploded outside a church in southern Baghdad just as worshipers were leaving a Christmas Day service, killing many. In another attack Wednesday, a car bomb went off at an outdoor market where many Christians shop, police said.
Altogether, at least 38 people were killed and some 70 others were wounded, the Interior Ministry said. The bomb outside the church killed 27 and wounded 56. The market attack left 11 dead and 14 wounded.
The victims were all Christians celebrating Christmas.
The Christian communities in Muslim Countries have suffered deliberate and senseless targeting by terrorists for many years.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom notes that many Christians in Muslim countries have fled the country over the last decade and those that remain are "particularly vulnerable," facing "discrimination, marginalization, neglect and death." www.uscirf.gov
For example, in Iraq, in 2003, there were thought to be 800,000 to 1.4 million Chaldean Catholics, Assyrian Orthodox, Assyrian Church of the East members, Syriac Catholics and Orthodox, Armenian Catholics and Orthodox, Protestants and evangelicals in the country, the group said. Now, according to community leaders, the estimated number of Christians stands at around 500,000, the report said. The rest have fled the country. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled from other Muslims counties, such as such Syria, Somalia, Kosovo, Libya, Nigeria, and Albania . www.uscirf.gov
According to www.religionofpeace.com, during the 2013 year, there were 174 attacks committed by Muslims on Christians, over 273 Christians were killed and more than 650 were severely wounded. The attacks were all motivated by the attackers’ hatred and intolerance for Christian minorities living in their own countries since Jesus’s time.
The attacks were not located in the Middle East alone. They took place in Tanzania, Egypt, Kosovo, Iraq, Bosnia, Pakistan, Bosnia, Albania, and even in the United Sates, where on February 7, 2013, in Buena Vista, NJ, a Muslim targeted and beheaded two Christian Coptic immigrants.
“When Christians prepare to celebrate their Holidays, Islamism prepare to kill them” said Rahim Madu of the Cairo University as he was speaking to the media, www.practicalpedal.com
“If the attacks were reversed, meaning us, the Christians attacked Muslims or Muslims places during their holidays, the media, politicians, and CAIR would have run to their defense. The Muslims would have called for the killing of any one who insults their prophets and liberals would have called for tolerance,” wrote Enver Loku on how to defeat Islam, www.defeatislam.com. “Yet, when the attacks are perpetrated by Muslims, the media and others remains silent,” wrote Mr. Loku.
During the 2013 year, there were no documented attacks on Muslims by Christians.