Christians caught in the crossfire between Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Army and the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) face an extremely difficult and dangerous situation says a new report detailing accounts of rebel forces, including a large number of foreign Islamic groups, targeting Christian communities throughout Syria. The situation has forced Christians stranded in Syria into a state of “constant terror” that “paralyzes [them] completely.”
6/6/2013 Syria (WorldNewsDaily) – A new report from a ministry worker who visited a remnant of Syria’s Christian community confirms the worst: Rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad for control are imposing Islamic law, giving Christians the choice to flee or die.
The report is from the Religious Freedom Coalition, the faith-based organization run by William J. Murray, author of “My Life Without God.”
“The Christian residents were offered four choices: 1. renounce the ‘idolatry’ of Christianity and convert to Islam; 2. pay a heavy tribute to the Muslims for the privilege of keeping their heads and their Christian faith (this tribute is known as jizya); 3. be killed; 4. flee for their lives, leaving all their belongings behind.”
Durie said some Christians “were killed, some fled, some tried to pay the jizya and found it too heavy a burden to bear after the rebels kept increasing the amount they had to pay, and some were unable to flee or pay, so they converted to Islam to save themselves.”
“The scenario reported by Syrian refugees is a re-enactment of the historic fate of Christians across the Middle East,” he said.