Christians in Syrian city are forced to pay Islamic blood tax to ISIS just to stay alive

ISIS released these chilling images today of Syrian Christians lined up in the rows of a theater or lecture hall to pay their tax — the jizya — in lieu of converting to Islam.

When the Islamic State moves into an area, Christians are officially told to convert, pay a high tax that’s out of reach of many families, or get out of town. Though ISIS won’t state this in their dhimmi offers to the local populace, Christian women are also kidnapped as sex slaves and churches are destroyed.