Christians remaining in Syria have been given three choices by the American supported Free Syrian Army (FSA): convert to Islam, flee their homeland, or die. It is widely believed that this Islamic ideology will be enacted nationwide if President Assad is overthrown.
Many Westerners falsely assume that since the FSA opposes a dictatorship, they must be democratic, secular, and tolerant. In reality, however, the FSA seeks to establish a totally Islamic state governed by Sharia law.
Although many have suffered as a result of the civil war, Christians are special targets of the Muslim paradigm. Refugees describe kidnapping, rape, harassment, torture, theft, and murder as commonplace activities toward believers in areas that the FSA has taken over.
“Just being Christian is enough to be a target,” report survivors. Nina Oshana was one of the innocent victims. She was simply a young Christian woman riding a bus. The FSA attacked the bus and shot and killed her.
U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) recently traveled to the Middle East and met with Syrian refugees in an urgent attempt to bring attention to this situation and spur U.S. policymakers to action. During his visit, Congressman Wolf confirmed the true plight of Christians like Nina: they are not victims of generalized violence, but are persecuted by brutality, discrimination, and displacement.
Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them,
and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.
(Hebrews 13:3 NASB)
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