With one sword dripping with blood after the other.
How the Muslim World Came into Being
Arabic-language websites reported earlier this week that the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which throughout the course of the war against the Assad government has committed any number of atrocities — from decapitating “infidels” to burning churches — has successfully “forced” two Armenian Christian families to convert to Islam.
A video accompanies some of these reports. In it, what appears to be an elderly Armenian man stands alongside an Islamic cleric who announces the Christian man’s conversion to Islam — to thunderous cries of “Allahu Akbar!” In his exultation, the cleric makes exuberant statements like “You see, we have no honor without Islam — without crying aloud that ‘There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet!'” (This appears to be another way of saying, “Only by joining our winning team can you ever escape dishonor,” the lot of all non-Muslim “infidels.”)
The cleric also adds that, because the man is the head of his household, his Christian wife and children are all now Muslim as well — “all praise to Allah!” And if they reject their new Islamic identity, they become “apostates,” a crime punishable by death.