Iraqis Unite to Restore Minority Representation Law

The New York Times reports that many Iraqi Christians are calling a recent change in election laws “the most significant political development for Christians since American troops overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.” The Iraqi Parliament dropped a previous provision that reserved minority seats on councils, leading Christians and other minorities to feel they are being pushed from their own government. “We have a question mark at this point about why our government is rejecting us,” said Thair al-Sheekh, a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad, who attended the late afternoon gathering. “I think it is the first time our government said that they don’t want the Christians to stay here… This is what we understand from this decision.” About 75 Christians and their supporters demonstrated Monday for the provision’s reinstatement. Many blamed the low turnout on the fear of bombings or other violence.