Chaldean Church Refuses the Presence of any Iraqi Armed Christian Militias
Referring to the decree issued by the Iraqi Prime Minister Mr. Adel Abdul Mahdi on July 1, 2019, we would like to emphasize that the Chaldean Church considers this declaration as an important step in the right direction and supports it. This decree would limit the weapons to the state; strengthen its’ institutions; and reinforce national awareness among Iraqis, in terms of their national identity.
From our side, we are officially announcing our “refusal” of the presence of any Iraqi armed movement that carries Christian name or feature. On the contrary, we encourage our youth to join the Iraqi official army and the federal police services, while those in Kurdistan region of Iraq to join Peshmerga forces. We respect individual decisions to join Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi or to get involved in politics, but not to form a Christian “brigade”. Since forming a Christian armed militias contradicts the Christian spirituality that calls for love, tolerance, forgiveness and peace.
This decree agrees with the guidelines of many political entities, and with our mission as Iraqi Christians in consolidating whatever leads to harmonious coexistence on the ground. It will also solidify the pillars of a strong government of law, citizenship and equality.