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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The status of Iraqi Christians remain uncertain as the newly proposed constitution enshrines Islam as the official source of all law in the country. Such a provision could drastically reduce the free exercise of their faith. I'm not sure this was the goal evangelicals had when the vast majority of them became enthusiastic backers of the war in Iraq.
And a UN report focuses on the increasing gulf between the wealthy and poor, with some countries slipping behind on infant mortality, life expectancy, income, etc. from where they were in 1990. The UN's call is for a commitment by wealthier nations to reduce world wide poverty and to reverse the growing disparities. Not surprisingly the Bush administration has signaled their opposition to these goals.


At 2:50 PM , Blogger Sanctimonious Hypocrite said...

Here is the url of the pdf file that the bbc says is the text of the draft Iraqi constitution: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/24_08_05_constit.pdf. (Blogger didn't like the link; I've posted a working link on by weblog, if copy-and-paste doesn't work.) In this extract, the emphasis is mine:

Article (2): 1st - Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation:
(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.
(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy.
(c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution.
2nd - This constitution guarantees the Islamic identity of the majority of the Iraqi people and the full religious rights for all individuals and the freedom of creed and religious practices.


Article (5): The law is sovereign, the people are the source of authority and its legitimacy, which they exercise through direct, secret ballot and its constitutional institutions.

That's what this version says today; I do not know if this is the version they will be voting on. Of course whatever they vote on, if it is understood as a 'living, breathing document' I do not know what it will mean tomorrow.

At 9:05 PM , Blogger Blue Hobgoblin said...

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> >
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> > ===============================================
> >
> >
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> >
> > ===============================================
> >
> >
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> >
> >
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At 9:27 PM , Blogger Revwilly said...

I don't doubt there is a growing gap between the rich and poor. I wonder, however, how do you think we should remedy that? Should we take more money from the rich and distribute it to the poor? If your answer is yes, then show me where that has ever worked. If you answer is no, then what do you suggest. Also, who do you consider to be rich? What standard are you using?

I am all for helping the poor lead better lives, but I don't think it is just about giving them more money

At 12:24 AM , Blogger Dwight said...

Supposing on which article wins out and how that is uses will make a difference for what life is like for Christians in Iraq I suspect
I'm assuming the rich nations would be those of the western industrialized world. Certainly not every aid proposal is equally going to work and be effective. But I'm not aware of any workable solution that doesn't involve some resources.


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