Islamists in Syrian city offer Christians safety — at a heavy price
The Christians signed!
The Christians of Raqqa chose to sign theÂ dhimmaÂ treaty over war, the document stated, receiving a commitment by local ISIS commander Ibrahim Al-Badri, also known as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, not to be subjected to physical harm or religious targeting.
- Raqqa was once one of the nation’s most liberal cities
- The militants are also forbidding Christians from repairing churches and monasteries
- The heavy restrictions are not surprising coming from ISIS
(CNN)Â — Islamist militants have told Christians in a northern Syrian city that they will guarantee their safety. But there’s a catch.
Make that a lot of catches.
Christian residents of Raqqa, once one of the nation’s most liberal cities, will have to pay as much as 17 grams of gold per adult male in an annual payment, the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) said in a statement posted online this week.
The group is also forbidding the city’s Christians from repairing or refurbishing their churches and monasteries, said the statement, which has been circulated in the city, according to Syrian activists.
The list of constraints imposed by the militants also limits Christian worship, business activities and alcohol consumption.
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The heavy restrictions are perhaps unsurprising coming from ISIS, which hasÂ broken away from al QaedaÂ and is fighting with other rebel groups in Syria.
Activists told CNN in November thatÂ Raqqa was becoming increasingly conservativeÂ after ISIS began imposing hardline Islamist law there and meting out harsh punishment to those who don’t follow orders.
Locals started calling the city Tora Bora and saying it felt as if the Taliban of Afghanistan had taken over.
ISIS’s new set of restrictions on Christians has drawn criticism from the Syrian opposition and even a radical Muslim cleric.
Louay Safi, a spokesman for the Syrian Coalition, said ISIS’s treatment of non-Muslims was un-Islamic.
And the radical cleric, Abu Qatada, who is on trial in Jordan over terrorism charges, told CNN Arabic on Thursday that the militants didn’t have the right to offer protection and demand payment from Christians because they weren’t yet empowered to govern Syria.
It’s unclear how many Christians remain in Raqqa after years of bloody civil war in Syria.
Since ISIS began cracking down on dissent in Raqqa, many activists and residents have fled the city.
Other things the extremist group have forbidden Christians in Raqqa from doing include:
— Exposing crosses or their books to Muslims;
— Making any recitations or ringing any church bells that can be heard by Muslims;
— Trading pigs or alcohol to Muslims or in their markets;
— Drinking alcohol in public.
- READ: CNN Exclusive: Inside Syrian town living under al Qaeda reign of fear
- READ: Pro-government forces find a haven at Syrian town’s Christian monastery
Ontario taxpayers paid for a niqab study via the province’s Trillium Foundation:
The “myths” it supposedly shattersÂ are that chicks wear the veil because they’re forced to and/or because they’re uneducated. In fact, says the report, neither is the case.
What I found most interesting–and most disturbing–about the study (it would have beenÂ myÂ lede, had I been the CTV reporter): it reveals that most of these women did not wear the face covering back in their home countries but took up the veil onlyÂ afterÂ arriving in Canada. In other words, they became more devout, and more visibly Muslim, in a democracy where chicks and men are equal under the law.
Call it the melting pot in reverse (which, when you think about it, is what multiculturalism is really all about).
A Price for imaginary “Islamophobia”
The “Asian Image” Gets First Price For Publishing Absolute Nonexistent BS:
In the Americas the winner this year was Pamela Geller. Geller was nominated for her rise to fame as the USA’s Islamophobia Matriarch.
She has made a name for herself for opposing anything Islamic and particularly her opposition to the planned construction of a mosque near the site of the Twin Towers destroyed in the Sept 11 attacks in the USA.Â (Muselmaniacs and leftards would have you believe that opposing our subjugation is a crime.)
But Geller is indeed up for a price, here:
You can’t make this up: Labor stopped the boats!
That’s why nobody should take these dipshits seriously:
- Labor immigration spokesman Richard Marles says Labor deserves the credit for the boats stopping:
- Labor lies to claim credit for stopping the boats
Globull Worming, the screw in the brain of every leftard:
- If global warming were really serious there’d be no need for these lies
- Weren’t these islands supposed to be drowning instead?Â Â Â KiribatiÂ andÂ TuvaluÂ Â are growing, not drowning as the warmists predicted!
What possessed Littlejohn to actually use every single stereotypical view of Muslims in one piece?