Vicar of Baghdad: ISIS Beheaded 4 Christian Children; They Said, 'We Love [Jesus]'

by MICHAEL W. CHAPMAN December 16, 2014

Reverend Canon Andrew White, head of the only Anglican church in Iraq, described in a recent interview some of the atrocities committed against Iraqi Christians by the Islamic State, including the beheading of four children who refused to convert to Islam and told their killers, "We love Yeshua [Jesus], we have always loved Yeshua.

Canon White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad" because of his church there, St. George's, talked about the murders during an interview in Israel earlier this month with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).  White, who was being hunted by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq, was ordered to go to Israel several weeks ago by his religious superior, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Canon White, who has multiple sclerosis that slightly affects his speech and movement, told CBN, "Things have gotten so bad in Iraq. They came to one of our people the other day, one of the Christians - two days, two stories. They said to one man, an adult, 'Either you say the words of converting to Islam or we kill all your children.'"

"He was desperate, he said the words," related Canon White.  "And then he phoned me and said, 'Abouna, Abouna [Father], I said the words, does that mean that Yeshua [Jesus] doesn't love me any more? I said those words because I couldn't see my children being killed. I said, ‘Elias, no, Jesus still loves you, he will always love you.'"

Canon White continued, "A few days later, another story of some of our young people. ISIS turned up and they  said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Mohammed.'"


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Michael writes for He has worked as a writer for The McLaughlin Group; associate editor of Consumers' Research magazine; associate editor of Human Events; editorial page editor of The Lima News; journalism fellow for The Phillips Foundation; editorial writer and national issues reporter for Investor's Business Daily; and editorial director of the Cato Institute. Michael graduated with Special Honors in English (B.A.) from the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife, Claire, and their five children in Virginia.

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