In Islamic theology, the People of the Book — those who have received prior revelations from Allah which they subsequently altered, to their disgrace and shame — must be warred against until they either convert to Islam or submit to Islamic hegemony and pay the jizya, a poll tax, to the Islamic state. The People of the Book include primarily Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians. (This is all based upon Qur’an 9:29). Groups that are not People of the Book, however, do not have the choice to submit. For them, it is convert or die.
“Crucified by the Caliphate monsters: Iraq descends into apocalypse as Islamic State fanatics seize towns and tell terrified Yazidi ‘Become Muslims by noon today… or we kill all of you,'” by Ian Birrell, Daily Mail, August 9, 2014 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
They arrived bristling with heavy weapons and waving black flags from about a dozen Humvees, seized from the Iraqi army and supplied originally by the United States.
When the terrified residents looked out of their windows, they saw that Kosho, their traditional walled village in the mountains of northern Iraq, had been surrounded by jihadists. More than 200 bearded militants had besieged the village.
Then their leader – a local man from Mosul rather than the foreigners who make up more than a third of the ranks of the group now known as Islamic State – offered them a chance to save their lives.
‘He told us that either we become Muslims or they would kill us all,’ said Falah, mayor of the village made up mainly of members of the ancient Yazidi sect. ‘We offered money but they would not accept it.’
The deadline the people of Kosho have to meet is midday today. Since the residents refuse to betray their faith, it is feared an entire village of about 2,500 innocent people might be slaughtered in cold blood.
‘If we did not have families, we would try to escape,’ the stoical Falah told me yesterday. ‘But we have lots of women here and many children, along with all the old men and women of the village. How could we leave them?’…