The flag of jihad has a black background with white writing on it that depicts the shehada.
The shehada is the radical Muslim's profession of faith that says, "there is no god but god, and Muhammad is his messenger."
These flags now fly on top of at least two churches in Syria. Not only did the jihadist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria plant a flag, but they also destroyed church artifacts.
The rebels destroyed relics, paintings and statues of two churches in northern Syria. The two churches are al-Shuhada Armenian Orthodox Church, also known as the Martyrs’ Church, and the Sayida al-Bishara Catholic Church in the Islamist-held city of Raqqa.
A CNS report says at least one group condemned the attacks. They reported: “We in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights strongly condemn such sectarian actions that contradict the Syrian people's demands in justice, freedom, democracy and equality.”
A video posted on Youtube shows a jihadist on the roof of the church planting the black flag of jihad. He then casts the crucifix he broke off the church to the ground. The church in this video is known as the Armenian Orthodox Martyrs' Church in Raqqa, Syria.
An onlooker then appears to step on the crucifix, then it's picked up. A crowd of children are seen handling the crucifix and examining it. Then they are told what the crucifix means.
One child says: "This is the cross." A militant replies: "This is what they worship besides Allah." The child responds with, "they worship this?" Another child says, "this is what Bashar (an obvious referral to the Syrian president) worships?"
The militant says, "this is what the Nazarenes (Christians) worship." A child is then heard saying, "this is the messiah, (Christ) that they worship."
Whether the militant is deliberately misleading the children or not is unknown. It would seem by telling the children Christians worship the crucifix, this could instill in them that believers are idol worshippers.
This would only seem to further cement their mindset that Christians are infidels and deserve to be killed or driven from Muslim lands. Teaching children to be intolerant of someone's belief system only leads to another generation being raised to hate and kill.
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