Saturday, March 19, 2005

This is Cool

A group of exiled Iraqi Christians in the United States have launched an online petition nominating Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric for the Nobel Peace Prize, drawing approximately 7,000 signatures from around the world.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani "gave Muslims all around the globe a good example how to follow peaceful ways to resolve complex social (and) political challenges that face them, condemning terror and emphasizing ... rule of law," the petition said.

Al-Sistani, 75, is Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric and also a symbol of Shiite political power. He has spoken out repeatedly since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, opposing anti-American violence and calling for an end to conflict.

This is an edited version of the story: the Christians here are Chaldeans from Los Angeles.


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