Syrian Rebels Destroy Melkite Church in Northern Syria
While some in the United States argue that the Syrian Rebels are peaceful, many others in America have doubted it. This weekend, the intent of the Syrian Rebels became clear. Militants from al-Qaeda’s the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) methodically disassembled the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of the Lady of the Annunciation located in al-Raqqa, Syria.
The footage is from al-Aan TV. The rebels disassemble the church bit by bit in a methodical fashion. Notice they explain to children nearby what they are doing, claiming Christians worship the cross. The dismount the church bell, remove the cross, and raise the Al-Qaeda flag. They burnt the contents.
These are the rebels U.S. aid money is backing in Syria.
The video has has English subtitles.
At the end of this video, you see the celebration of the destruction of the churches by ISIL
The destruction of this church comes after entire units of Syrian Rebels pledged loyalty to Al Qaeda in the region on September 21 .
The Melkites, a Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, traces its origins to the earliest Christians of Antioch, Turkey. Christianity was introduced by the Apostle Peter. The term Melkites was given to the church when they sided with the Council of Chalcedon and the Byzantine Emperor in 451 AD. That council issued certain edicts on Church conduct. While Greek Orthodox in nature, the church’s official language is Arabic. The Melkites survived Islamic domination through the Crusades as a protected people and were tolerated by the Ottoman Empire. There has been a gradual emigration of Melkite to the US. One of the larger populations of the denomination is in Newtown, CT. Al Qaeda’s attack on this church is egregious by historic standards as well as by contemporary ones.