Iraq priest ‘killed over pope speech’

The relatives of a Christian priest who was kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq have said that his Muslim captors had demanded his church condemn the pope’s recent comments about Islam and pay a US$350,000 ransom.

They were speaking as more than 500 people attended a memorial service on Thursday for father Amer Iskender after his decapitated body was found in an industrial area of the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday.

Iskender was a priest at the St. Ephrem Orthodox church in Mosul.

“He was a good man and we all shed tears for him … He was a man of peace,” said Eman Saaur, a 45-year-old schoolteacher who said she attended Iskender’s church regularly.

Pope apology demanded

Iskender’s relatives, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said the unidentified group that seized Iskender on Sunday had demanded a ransom and that his church condemn a statement made by Pope Benedict XVI last month.

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  1. I’m still waiting to hear from the moderate muslims on this sort of thing. It is eerily quiet.

    For an interesting take/conversation with a moderate muslim check out Burt Prelusky’s column in today. Very interesting.

  2. There will not be a peep from moderate muslims on this. The only thing you get to hear is, “The people who did this are an aberration, and Islam is a religion of peace”.
    That may be actually true, but if there are numerous people who use the name of Islam to do all sort of cruel things, and there is no sufficient condemnation, then they become the representatives and the spokespersons.

  3. The extremist muslims suck. My middle finger to them.

    Now I’d love to see if some extremist dickhead would come after my ass, or head.

  4. @Slim,

    Dont worry he wont come to you, he will be scared of your middle finger:)

    @Apun Ka Desh

    Wow man very well said.

  5. Make me President and I’ll get rid of all the extremists. Just with my middle finger šŸ™‚

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