To our Aramean organizations
that belong to the Syriac Orthodox Church.
The Aramean Democratic
Organization sends a serious call to all Aramean organizations, clubs
and institutions, specially the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church,
to draw their attention to the dangerous situation of our Aramean people
today and the emergency state of the decline of the Aramean national
awareness among the members of these institutions.
Sons and daughters of
our Aramean people have made tremendous efforts and great sacrifices in
defending our Aramean people and in the establishing of the institutions
and churches. This work was to defend our Aramean people and to maintain
its Aramaic language and culture and to spread awareness and national
feeling in the hearts of the Aramean youth and new generations who are
our hope for the future. Also to protect the Aramean identity especially
in the face of "the Assyrian" continuous campaigns that aim to cancel
the Aramean Identity and to assimilate the Aramean people by imposing a
strange Assyrian identity on it.
The relationship between
these Aramean organizations and the Syriac Orthodox Church, has not
always been good. It depended on the mood of the Syrian Orthodox Church
leaders who were not always honest with the issue of the Aramean name
and identity. This church always tried to control the decisions of the
Syriac/Aramean national organizations in line with the goals and
interests of some members of the Syrian Orthodox clergy, exclude some
priests who are loyal and honest with the true Syriac Aramean identity
of the church.
Since the inauguration
of his holiness Ephrem II as a new patriarch for the Syriac Orthodox
Church, he works to impose a false identity and name on our Aramean
people and on the followers of the Syriac orthodox church, namely the so
called “Assyrian” or the long labeled one the “Syriac Chaldean
Assyrian”. This is indeed contrary to the true Syriac Aramean name and
identity of the Syrian Orthodox church as it is clear in the writings of
its great fathers and authors.
Not to mention the
positions of some bishops and priests and some of the workers in the
committees and church institutions who don’t care intentionally or
unintentionally. It seems that sitting on "prestige" chairs is the goal
and ultimate aspiration for many of our people.
The Aramean Democratic
Organization believes that there must be the following to start
correcting the situation:
Our organizations have to
disrupt their collaboration with the Syriac Orthodox Church according to
the principle "separation of religion from politics." The churches of
our Aramean people, and in particular the Syriac Orthodox Church, are a
spiritual treasure and should not be exhausted with politics.
Stop all attempts aiming at
imposing a false identity like "Assyrian" and "Chaldean Syriac Assyrian"
on our Aramean people. The first issue for Patriarch Ephrem II and other
bishops and priests should be the work for a Christian unity of the
Syriac Aramean churches not to interfere in the work of the
Insisting on holding and defending the Syriac Aramean
name and identity in all possible meetings that are held under the
leadership of Patriarch Ephrem
II which he invites to under a motto the
so-called "unification of our people," but in fact they are only
attempts to domesticate our organizations and tame them as a first step
to impose false names on our Aramean people.
4. Uniting the efforts
of the Aramean Syriac organizations and collaborate to work together to
reach clear goals and unified strategy for the good of the Aramean
nation and its future.
Aramean Democratic Organization