by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/22/15, 08:04 am
Christians in some parts of the Middle East have three options: move elsewhere, become Muslim, or pay the expensive Christian tax known as jizya.
As Nina Shea, a religious freedom expert with the Hudson Institute explained, the cost of not complying is high.
“A family fleeing Nineveh, they couldn’t pay, and [the militants] took their 3-year-old daughter,” Shea said.
In response to the persecution, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention is establishing its first freedom office in the region.