Chaldean Patriarch Calls for Protection of Christian Rights
The Chaldean Patriarch, Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, has sent a letter to the Iraqi Parliament asking for an amendment to the law under which a child is registered as a Muslim if one of the parents has converted to Islam.
The Chaldean Patriarch says the norm is contrary to Article 37-2 of the (controversial) Constitution which states that "the State shall guarantee the protection of the individual from all forms of intellectual, political and religious coercion."
"The law is unjust and discriminatory against Christians, as well as a clear form of persecution." He calls for the amendment of the law so that the minor is allowed to keep the religion he/she belongs to until they are of age (18 years). At this point, it is up to the young person to choose what religion to profess, in a conscious and free manner.
In his letter, Mar Sako states that this is not true freedom and is asking the governors and statesmen to be careful, otherwise the country risks social collapse."
A Patriarch reminds the Iraqi Parliament for the amendment of
a controversial law limiting the rights of Christians