Hi Kirk and John
I have just listened to this on BBC I player
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I completely agree with you on the interviews Kirk, they spoke a lot about the interviews, it does seem extremely focussed on Chaldeans. but in the end, they are the largest Christian group it makes sense to focus on them in the same way that if they travelled to Syria it would be the Syriac church which is the main focus. A mention of the Orthodox would have been nice though.
Did find it amusing that the Chaldeans are Catholic, yet the only mention of anything from Rome was that the Pope is not very supportive of them.
Personally, the mention of the Yazidi was a pleasant surprise, as I know they are forgotten in the world, and are greatly greatly persecuted for their beliefs under stricter regimes simply because of the language they use and how it is misinterpreted.
I would like to see a documentary made about the Copts, or other christian groups in the middle-east and north africa, but from the BBC it would be unlikely as even the petition for no.10 to speak to Egypt concerning the treatment of copts was responded to by a short comment of praise for Egypt's human rights record, so i doubt they would want to offend anyone by bringing the truth to light. *Please excuse my dig at the foreign affairs office*
By the way, when it mentioned that "some believe" Iraq had been a Christian kingdom before the the Islamic conquest, I know the last Sassanid emperor's grandmother was Emperor maurice's Daughter, but did not think any Christian Empire ruled over this area between then and the islamic conquest. Can somebody enlighten me here?
"The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland." - St Herman of Alaska.