Four choices? Â The third choice is normally death. Â In Syria the Christians are allowed to leave when they leave all their belongings behind. Strangely, nobody in the West is screaming ‘genocide’ or ‘ethnic cleansing’. That applies only when when non-Muslims fight back against the global jihad.
Anglican vicar Dr Mark Durie reportsÂ on a prayer walk in Syria by Dutch Christian Martin Janssen in support of Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, kidnapped by Syrian rebels:
After the prayer walk Janssen had the opportunity to meet with Syrian Christian refugees, who told him how they came to flee their homes and villages.Â Their village was occupied by rebel forces, who proceeded to announce that they were now under an Islamic emirate, and were subject to sharia law.
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.
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.
In other news:
Somehow I have a hunch that these people are NOT Christians:
The last two months have seen more than 100 boat people arrive every day.
This months already looks like more of the same:
part of the problem
FromÂ THE AGE
Indonesia supplies most of the leaky vessels and crew that asylum seekers use to travel to Australia. Without this facility offered by Indonesians, asylum seekers would not bother travelling to Indonesia in their thousands. Yet when Tony Abbott rightly says he will turn around the boats (if safe) to the country of origin, namely Indonesia, Indonesia’s ambassador has the cheek to say it is not Indonesia’s problem. Any Australian leader with the guts, and with Australia’s national interests as a priority, would stop the hundreds Â of millions of dollars in aid we give to Indonesia until they stop aiding and abetting the illegal people smuggling business. It is time for Australia to take hold of its immigration policy.
Michael Burd, Toorak