This is what real religious persecution looks like. An al-Qaeda group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has given Christians in Syria three options. Become Muslim, be murdered for practicing your religion freely, or be subjugated as a lesser class of people that is required to pay the jizya tax in order to remain Christian.
Via Times of Israel:
Christian leaders in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, captured by an organization formerly affiliated with al-Qaeda, have signed a submission document this week banning them from practicing Christianity in public in return for protection by their Islamist rulers.
The document, dated Sunday and disseminated through Islamist Twitter accounts, states that the Christian community in the province of Raqqa, captured last March by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), was recently given three options: to convert to Islam; to remain Christian but pledge submission to Islam; or to “face the sword.” They opted for the second of those choices, known as dhimmitude.
Earlier this month, al-Qaeda’s central command distanced itself from ISIS, saying it was “not a branch of al-Qaeda.”
The authenticity of the document, displaying the stamp of al-Qaeda, could not be independently verified. The signatures of 20 Christian leaders at the bottom of the document said to have been party to the agreement were blotted out, ostensibly at their own request.
Last month, Senator John McCain (RINO-AZ) screamed at Syrian Christian leaders who were visiting the U.S. Capitol to seek help against this kind of persecution.