“There is no compulsion in religion” (Qur’an 2:256) but in practice, all too often Islamic supremacists find room in that phrase for all manner of coercion. What constitutes “compulsion” is in the eye of the beholder. After all, the institutionalized subjugation of the dhimma, with its regular humiliation and harassment, from which one can be freed for the simple price of converting to Islam, is not considered compulsion. Remember Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, the journalists who were kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam — even though their conversions were obviously coerced, their captors made them say that they were converting freely, and the captors probably believed that themselves. After all, the journos could have chosen to be killed instead.
“If You Don’t Convert We Will Shoot Your Son: ISIS’ Ultimatum To Iraqi Christian Mother,” by Mark Woods, Christian Today, November 25, 2016:
A young Iraqi Christian in the village of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, has told of being forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam under Islamic State.
Also interviewed is a woman who speaks of her despair at the destruction of churches in the town.
Qaraqosh was taken over in 2014, when Ismail was only 14 years old. Now 16, he told the BBC how he and his mother were forced to become Muslims.
“They told me to say ‘there’s no God but Allah’ and you’ll become a Muslim. I said, ‘There’s no God but Jesus’ so he slapped me. I was still young,” Ismail said.
“He slapped me and pointed the gun at my head. He told my mum, ‘If you don’t convert to Islam we will kill your son.'”
“A car stopped and six blindfolded people dressed in red got out. They had them on their knees and then IS children arrived. Each child stood behind one of the men in red. Someone who seemed to be their leader started reading from some papers. When he finished reading, the children shot the men dead.”…