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Obama's Attempt to Please Everyone Backfires
By Chaldean Caucus :: Thursday, June 26, 2008 :: 48609 Views :: Government & Society, Chaldean Caucus

Michigan, USA - Obama’s relations with Muslims were further stressed as a private back-door meeting spiraled downward over Jewish support.    Among over 150 African-American community leaders and a handful of Arab-Americans were invited to the private meeting.  An argument ensued between Obama and  Osama Siblani regarding the presidential hopeful’s public support of Israel. 

“The more people learn about him the more they feel he is like any other politician,” says Husam Abid, a Chaldean business man in Detroit, Michigan.  “I was told that the Arabs at the meeting made it clear that they want Obama to return to his roots and stand against Jews.  Others feel Obama is purposely alienating Muslims to mask his heritage and show he would not favor Islam.”

Chaldean community leaders, like Ramzi Dalloo, of Troy Michigan  are hopeful that Obama’s efforts to reach out to the two communities are reciprocated.  Nonetheless, tension between Jews and Obama grows.  A website sharing Jewish frustration titled, is gaining national attention.  The site catalogs Obama’s anti-Jewish stance.  Danny Ayalon, Israel's former ambassador in Washington adds to the growing discourse in a published article in the Jerusalem Post.  Ayalon writes that the Democratic candidate wasn’t entirely forthright regarding Israel. 

The private meeting held less than a week ago in Michigan has Arab Americans gathering in Dearborn regarding the contentious issue and how the Dearborn Arab community should proceed.

Obama has been making his rounds privately with Muslims in America.  Prior to meeting with the Muslims in Dearborn Obama met privately last month in Macomb County with Muslim leader Imam Hassan Qazwini.

In other non-Arab communities, like the Chaldeans, Obama’s support is dwindling fast.  “More and more Chaldeans are not supporting him because he is far too left.  He believes in raising taxes, making people more dependant on the government, and his stance on abortion and gay marriage is appalling,” says Joseph Barrash.  “Chaldeans that support him are usually doing so because they follow whatever their union says or are bitter over the war and lack of support for Christians in Iraq.”

Barrash feels that McCain is winning Chaldeans over.  “He has impeccable character, experience, international wisdom, and is able to work with both parties.  He will get things done in Washington.  He has shown he can over and over.  He has been the only one in congress to be fair over how our tax money is used.  He is not self-serving.  Now Obama, who is able to get more campaign money from the people, goes back on his word.  Obama is hard to trust.”

Barrash claims that Chaldeans are feeling more like Senator Lieberman and what many of the union members are starting to feel.  “The Democratic party is leaving us.  They are supporting criminal illegal immigrants, abortion, gay marriage, and are becoming increasingly anti-military.  These are middle-America issues.  When Democrats support these issues they offend union members and Chaldeans."

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA


Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
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The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.