Syrian Christians sign treaty of submission to Islamists
Threatened by al-Qaeda-affiliated extremists, community in northern city of Raqqa chooses ‘dhimmitude’ over conversion or death
The jihadist group ISIS in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death, but would give Christian residents “protection” if they agreed. The directive from ISIS says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches, ring church bells or pray in public.
The group had met Christian representatives and offered them three choices – they could convert to Islam, accept ISIS’ conditions, or reject their control and risk being killed. “If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” ISIS said. (BBC News)