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Chaldean Travel Spot Under Threat Because of Christian Cross
By Sam Yousif :: Monday, June 16, 2008 :: 44604 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society

Michigan, USA – Many would say it is a rite of passage for Michigan Chaldeans to visit Frankenmuth.  The Bavarian village, dubbed “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” has rich cultural and historical significance and is one of the largest tourist attractions in Michigan.  The small town is now facing legal pressure to strip all religious symbols from their village.  The legal threats hope to end the all-year Christmas displays, removal of the Cross from the town shield, and the destruction of the Cross in the city park.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has taken steps to challenge the city for its use of religions symbols. In response, the City Council of Frankenmuth unanimously voted to retain the Thomas More Law Center to defend its unique historical and cultural heritage.  

Christian persecution in America is not necessarily physical abuse says David Haddad, a student of world history.  He asserts that it is more psychological and systematic intimidation that will eventually lead to physical abuse.  “When a Chaldean thinks of ‘persecution’ our minds turn to the humiliating and horrible conditions we faced as a people or the holocaust our people suffered during World War I,” Haddad adds. 

“Others may think of the holocausts of the 20th century and those brutal dictators responsible for murdering millions. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot come to mind as well as Idi Amin (Uganda), Omar al-Bashir (Sudan), to name a few.  America is moving down the same path.  Oppress psychologically, then legally, then by force.”

Haddad sees the United States of America as a growing and fomenting caldron of Christian persecution.  “They try to shame you if what you believe is counter to what they want you to believe, then they get activist judges to defy the will of the people, and finally use the police to force you to abide by their standards.”

Minority groups such as Catholics, African-Americans, and Native Americans could attest to American persecution.  Regardless of their behavior, these groups were forced to suffer and even killed simply because their right of equality was not protected.  They were treated as second-class citizens and in many cases continue to be oppressed. 

Haddad says groups like the ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation, The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), NARAL, NOW, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Tax Force, AFL-CIO, Unions, International Socialist Organization, People For the American Way, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Alliance for Justice, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and many other “nice sounding names” attack Christians. 

It is not only Haddad who thinks such groups are attacking Christians.  A number of groups have recently formed to counter the anti-Christian rise in America.  Groups like the Thomas More Law Center headquartered in Michigan who have taken a principled stand to defend the constitution and targeted Christian groups. 

The Thomas More Law Center website states that the group defends and promotes the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life through education, litigation, and related activities.  The center boasts that it does not charge for its services and is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

German cultural heritage of Frankenmuth extends as far back as 1845.  The Thomas More Law Center says that the history of Frankenmuth serve to link and promote the city’s unique origins and history which are secular purposes.  Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center commented, “We need not purge all historical references to religion merely to satisfy militant atheists.”

Thomas continued saying that the council’s unanimous vote to retain the Thomas More Law Center in the face of a previous attempt to remove the small cross from its city shield and now the more recent focus on the cross in Cross Park by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State reflects a deep commitment on the part of the council to defend these symbols of the city’s unique history and culture.

 

 

 

Mother of God Church, MI USA

 

Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
25585 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033
Tel: (248) 356-0565
Fax: (248) 356-5235
Email:
MotherOfGodChurch@yahoo.com

Founding Pastor:
Msgr. Geroge Garmo in 1972
The current church building
was completed in 1980.

Pastor:
Rev.  Manuel Yousif Boji

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Wisam Matti
 


 MASS SCHEDULE
Daily:  10:00 AM Chaldean
Tuesdays:  5:30 PM Chaldean/English 
Saturdays:  Ramsha 4:45-5:20 PM; Mass 5:30 PM Chaldean   
Sundays:  8:30 AM Arabic, 10:00 AM English, 12:00 PM Chaldean

 1st Friday, Sodality Prayers 11 AM – 12 PM
1st Saturday, Immaculate Heart Sodality Prayers 4:00 PM

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SERVICES:
Communion & Catechism School
Chaldean Language School
Hall Rental
Wedding Services
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CHURCH GROUPS:
Monday: Family Bible Study 8:00 P.M. Upper Hall
Friday: Young Adult English Bible Study 7:30 P.M. Lower Hall
Wednesday: Young Adult Arabic Bible Study 7:30 P.M. Lower Hall
Prayer Groups
Our Lady Social
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Youth Choir
Adult Choir
Family Fun Friday
Friday Friends
Communications Ministry
Chaldean Teens Coming Together
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Chaldean Language Classes
Fishers of Men
 


 Rev. Manuel Yousif Boji

Fr. Manuel was born in Telkaif in the suburbs of Nineveh, Iraq in 1946.   Reverend Manuel Boji entered the Chaldean Seminary in Mousl in 1958 and was ordained a priest in Baghdad in 1968.  His first assignment was in Telkaif where he served for 19 years.  In July 1987, Fr. Manuel was assigned  to the United States  where he assisted Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan for six months.  From March 1988 until April 1990, he was administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  Fr. Manuel completed his Masters and Doctorate work from both U of D Mercy and Wayne State University while assigned to the United States.  In May 1990, Fr. Manuel was assigned to Mother of God Parish and is currently serving there as Rector of the Cathedral. 

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Wisam Matti

Fr. Wisam was born in Basrah, Iraq on October 30, 1971. Completing his education in Iraq and serving in the military Fr. Wisam then entered the Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad in 1984.  He was ordained a priest in Karemlees a suburb of Nineveh on July 4th 1997.  His first assignment was in Mosul where he served for five years.  On January 21, 2002, Fr. Wisam was transferred to the Unites States and was assigned to Mother of God Parish where he is currently serving as parochial vicar.  Fr. Wisam, earned his Master in Pastoral Theology on April 28, 2007 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. 

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