Monday, November 05, 2007

Raise your glass to the Chaldean Catholics of Detroit

Chaldeans are Catholics of Iraqi descent, of whom more than 100,000 live in metropolitan Detroit and own about 90 percent of the area's party stores - more than 2000 stores.

Under Bishop Ibrahim's direction, Chaldean business owners groups united to join the boycott and "put teeth" in the initiative by "threatening to almost freeze the brewer out of one of America's largest markets." "I told our people, if they are really believers in Jesus Christ, to boycott Miller products," the bishop said.

"Our religion is important for us. I told our people Sunday (Oct. 28), 'Look how it is in Iraq, with all the pressure on them, not one (Chaldean) family has changed their religion. And here we are in the United States, and someone is mocking our religion, and we are going to do nothing?' I told them that if they support someone who is supporting such activities, it is just as if they were doing those activities too," Bishop Ibrahim said.

Wow, they are just absoluetly awesome. That's the way it should be. No pussyfooting around, no equivocating. If only the rest of North America's Christians could be that way.