Stop the ‘Cancer’ Of ISIS

Louis Sako (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Chaldean Catholic patriarch, Louis Sako of Baghdad, called for a united and strong stance—by Muslims and non-Muslims alike—to stop the spread of the "cancer" of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. In a statement released on Aug. 27, the patriarch said it is time "for Muslims and non-Muslim people of goodwill around the world to deal seriously" with the situation, "especially, when we know that the majority of Muslims are neutral/unbiased, open-minded and willing to work hard for the benefit of their countries and their fellow citizens." The patriarch called for Muslims to "show the real face of Islam" and confirm that extremism is contrary to their beliefs. The patriarch said Christians are waiting for governments and religious authorities to work together to "confront and dismantle terrorism and extremism." Steps to achieve this include reforms in the curricula in schools, which he said are the major source for teaching extremism.

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