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Leading Muslim Clerics in Iraq Condemn Bombing of Churches

Top Muslim clerics and political leaders united Monday behind Iraq’s Christians, condemning the coordinated bomb attacks on five churches the day before as a dangerous escalation of the war and an assault on centuries of coexistence between Christians and Muslims here. Still, some Christians, who make up less than 5 percent of the nation’s 25 million people, said they feared that the attacks were a frightening signal of a rise of fundamentalist Islam – and that the day might come when they were no longer welcome in Iraq. At least 10 people were killed in the bombings, timed as Christians gathered in churches for Sunday evening Mass.Full Story

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