The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group released a video on Sunday that concluded with a message for “America, the defender of the cross.” “Convert to Islam, and no harm will befall you,” the narrator said, “but if you refuse, you will have to pay the jizya tax The video depicted Christians in the recently captured western Syrian town of Qaryatayn being forced to choose between converting to Islam or signing a “dhimma” contract pledging to pay a jizya tax and be subservient to ISIS. The video was translated in part by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and featured an ISIS member narrating the events taking place in the conquered Christian town.

“Praised be Allah, who bestowed His blessings upon His supporters, and granted them victory and the conquest of the town of Qaryatayn,” the ISIS member said. “Islamic law has taken over the town, and its inhabitants from among the People of the Book became submissive.” The narrator says the town’s Christians were given “four options.” CONTINUE