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Archbishop warns: even ‘moderate’ rebels want to turn Syria into Islamist state

January 09, 2014

A Syrian prelate warned that “moderate” rebel factions wish to turn the nation into an Islamist state.

“Christians will be glad if the so-called revolution opens the path to democracy and freedom,” Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, the Syrian Catholic archbishop of Hassaké-Nisibi, told the Fides news agency. “But now even opposition groups linked to the Free Syrian Army -- which are presented as moderate compared to jihadist formations -- have come together under the Islamist flag, and they say that in the new Syria the sharia law will have to be applied, because this is what the majority wants. This is a perspective that Christians cannot accept.”


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 09, 2014 7:09 PM ET USA

    It is grimly amusing to me that these "peace-loving" bishops who are so aversive to outside military intervention now look at a rather daunting emerging political situation. Other than the miraculous intervention of God by the prayers of His people the only other alternative to "hold ground" is indeed the blood of martyrs.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 09, 2014 7:26 AM ET USA

    The archbishop's revelation should come as news only to 2 groups of people: those who are profoundly ignorant and insouciant of what is going on in the world, and those so bemused by decadent Western liberalism that their minds can no longer sort fact from fiction. Unfortunately for all of us, the deluded in the latter category include many, perhaps even a majority, of our prelates outside the Mohammedan world, and some even in the Vatican.