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California Chaldeans Appalled Over Violent Protests
By Huda Metti :: Saturday, November 22, 2008 :: 67913 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society


California, USA – The news on California defense of marriage proposal passing is causing a ruckus.  So www.CHALDEAN.org returned for reactions from three friends, Gina Ateek, Jonathan Shayota, and Ira Davidson were interviewed on the proposal.  The three were still at odds over the issue.  The three friends are not the only ones arguing over the passage of the proposal.  Many of the arguments have reached violent levels. 

The nation was shocked when images of an old lady being surrounding, intimidated, threatened, shoved, pushed, and spat upon, while other protestors try to cover the abuse instead of helping the old lady.  Another woman is assaulted and beaten with her own bible as police witness the crime, but fail to arrest the gay assailants.  Envelopes are sent to churches in Utah with white anthrax-like power.  In Colorado bibles are burnt and thrown at churches.  In Michigan, gay activist storm a church cursing, throwing papers, and screaming “it’s okay to be gay,” eyewitnesses tell reporters.  Video surveillance of the crime shows parishioners stunned and worried with fear as the perpetrators attack the house of worship. 

“These are communist and Gestapo type tactics,” says Jonathan Shayota, a leading Chaldean supporter of the proposal.  “Gay activist are trying to ruin people by creating a black-list of individuals who supported defending marriage between one man and one woman.”  Gay activist defend the list and ignore claims their online lists are being used to violently target those who defend marriage.  “What they say is that they have a responsibility to let the world know who the people are and if they get harassed, intimidated, or attacked they can’t stop that or police every gay supporter,” says Shayota.  “I am on some of the lists and have already received harassing phone calls.” 

“Why should it bother you if gays are allowed to marry,” says Ira Davidson, frustrated over the ballot measure passing and the uncontrollable violence of gay protestors.  Gina Ateek is more than happy to refute that gay marriage is harmless and gives her reasons why most Americans are against gay marriage.

“Gay marriage strips others of their rights,” says Ateek.  “There are many people with a strong held belief that acting gay is harmful.  The passing of special rights for gay are forcing people to forgoes their other freedoms and rights.  Take for example, churches that have been harassed for preaching that the gay lifestyle is wrong.  It would then be a hate crime and an infringement on free speech rights as it already has happened in Canada.  In the U.S. private businesses are forced to promote the gay lifestyle in their work or business. Gays are forcing private businesses to change their way of doing business against their will.”

Ateek sites a recent Reuters article about eHarmony having to create an entirely new business for gays, as proof that heterosexual rights are being infringed by gays as they push their for their special rights and class agenda.  Online dating service eHarmony was forced to create a new website for gays and lesbians as part of a court case where Eric McKinley, a gay man in New Jersey sued the business on grounds of discrimination.  

eHarmony said it will launch the new same-sex dating site, named "Compatible Partners," by March 31.  eHarmony was founded in 2000 by evangelical Christian Dr. Neil Clark Warren and had ties with the influential religious conservative group Focus on the Family.

The New Jersey complaint is not the only legal action to be brought against eHarmony for failing to provide a same-sex option.  In March, lawyers in California brought a lawsuit against the company on behalf of San Francisco resident Linda Carlson, who was denied access to eHarmony because she is gay.

“Redefining legal marriage to include same-sex couples will risk pervasive church-state conflict,” says Ateek.  “There is a book entitled Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts by Douglas Laycock that exposes how my rights are being trampled on.  Same-sex marriage will harm my religious liberty by creating the risk of civil suits against religious institutions that refuse to treat legally married same-sex couples as morally equivalent to traditionally married men and women.”

Shayota jumps in and adds that, “Catholic charities closed down their adoption centers after they were forced to risk the placement of babies with gay couples.  Think of the harm this causes the children.  Gay activist heartlessly consider the children a causality of war.”

Ateek adds, “marriage is a religious ceremony.  What next, lawsuits filed against Catholics for not sharing the communion wafer with them.”

Davidson disagrees and feels that gays should have special rights over others; they have been discriminated against and deserve reparations just like blacks.  “This is not a civil rights issue,” declares Shayota.  “No one knows you’re gay unless you tell someone. It’s impossible to be discriminated against unless someone is in the room watching.  I don’t need to know how you make love to your partner whoever or whatever they are.  Keep that part of your life private. I guess you will later want the world to know how you go to the bathroom.”

Ateek goes on to say that forcing children to learn about the gay lifestyle in school is horrible.  “Parents should not have to pay or their rights stripped from them on how they wish to teach their kids about normal sex.  Instead you have half truths thrust on them by liberal public school teacher unions supporting the gay party.  Why stop with gays, why not promote the beauty, fairness, and harmless acts of bestiality or necrophilia or any of the other abnormal sexual tendencies. 

Shayota jumps in and says the real rights outrage is that some protestors violently refuse to accept the will of the citizens of California.  My right to vote in a democracy is now at threat of being taken away from me.  How many more rights will we have to lose?  Enough is enough!”

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.