Islamic State jihadists, reeling from heavy territorial losses in Syria, have slaughtered “scores of civilians,” including women and children, in the once predominantly Christian town of Qaryatayn.
The victims were either shot or beheaded. One town resident described the Islamic State jihadis as “monsters,” which they certainly are. The resident went on: “These are people who don’t know God, they don’t know anything. They killed children and women with knives, they beat women, broke their arms.”
Where are the voices and influence of top Christian leaders? Why aren’t they speaking out about the ongoing jihadi brutalities against Christians and other minorities because of their faith? Where are the Pope, the World Council of Churches, and Western leaders who preach tolerance, harmony and diversity? The foremost voices of influence are not advocating for these Christians. Nor are they opening their borders to the most brutalized victims of this jihadi intolerance. Why? Because it would be “Islamophobic” to cast light on these atrocities.
The inconvenient truth is that such violence (including mass rapes of infidel women and girls) are sanctioned in Islamic doctrine. Not all Muslims practice this, but such abuses are widespread globally, affecting millions, and Western leaders remain largely petrified and afraid to address this fact for fear of being called “racist,” “Islamophobic,” and into
Islamic State jihadists are now also quickly increasing their presence in the West, as they return enraged and driven by a desire vengeance for their losses in Syria and Iraq. They are flooding Britain in the tens of thousands; flocking to the US despite bans; and holding training sessions in the Caribbean, particularly Trinidad, where they have vowed to attack tourists during the Christmas season.
“ISIS Slaughters Scores of Civilians, Including Children, in Revenge Killing at Christian Town”, by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, October 24, 2017:
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, which regularly reports on terror attacks and the civil war in the country, said that at least 128 people were executed by IS. Most of the bodies were apparently found dumped in farms and ditches.
International Christian Concern noted that Qaryatayn was once a predominantly Christian town, though most believers fled when IS first captured it back in 2015.
The town has been captured and retaken back and forth by Syrian and IS forces on a number of occasions, though Christians returning home in November 2016 were relieved to find that the famous relics of fourth century saint Mar Elian survived despite IS destroying his monastery.
“After the destruction of the monastery, we thought his relics were lost, but instead we were able to find them. This gave us great consolation,” Father Jacques Mourad, a priest who was previously captured by IS, said at the time.
He added that Christians are looking forward to “placing the bones of Mar Elian back in the places where they were kept, and to pray again around that relics.”
Abdullah AbdulKarim, a former resident of Qaryatayn, said that the latest slaughter was revenge killing specifically targeting people and their relatives who IS accused of collaborating with government forces.
“They came into town with a hit list,” the former resident said.
AbdulKarim added that the militants went door to door for three weeks hunting down individuals……