In the wake of recent deadly violence against Christians in northern Iraq, the top executive of the National Council of Churches has welcomed the urgent call by Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, for the UN and the Iraqi government to denounce expulsion threats against the country’s Christian minority.
Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the New York–based NCC, said on October 20 that “Americans have a special responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for Christians and all Iraqi civilians.”
While not underestimating the task for coalition commanders, Kinnamon said that attacks on Christians in the city of Mosul must not be allowed to continue. In the first few weeks after September 28, attacks have killed at least 14 people and caused about 1,500 Christian families to flee their homes.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).