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Syrian rebels impose Islamic law on town’s Christians

Catholic World News - December 17, 2013

Syrian rebels have taken over a small village in northwestern Syrian and imposed Islamic law on its Christian residents, a Latin-rite bishop has told the Fides news agency.

“In Kanayé, Salafi militants and the jihadists of Jabhat al-Nusra have imposed [that] the pastor not ring bells,” said Bishop Giuseppe Nazzaro, the retired vicar apostolic of Aleppo. “Women must not go out on the street bare-headed, but must be veiled. And if they do not obey these orders, the threat is massacre.”

“This could be the first step: tomorrow they will force them to convert to Islam,” he added.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 17, 2013 10:42 AM ET USA

    So let's be ecumenical and have a conversation with these folks. I'm sure some sort of non-confrontational understanding can be arranged.... More ethnic cleansing (not that too many care)?

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 17, 2013 7:16 AM ET USA

    Aren't these the same jihadi forces that Barack Hussein Obama was so eager to supply with an air force just recently? The forces he and his cohort said would bring "democracy" to Syria? Was he lying? Was he a dupe? There is really only one choice here: he was either a knave or a fool, and regardless of which it is, he should not be sitting in the White House.

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