Reports say in a video released April 19, an Islamic State spokesman gave Christians three choices: convert to Islam, submit to Islam, or be killed by Islam.
"Convert to Islam or die" - Jihadists threaten Christians in latest video
The ultimatum came after the execution of 28 men identified as "worshipers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian Church"
"We say to Christians everywhere, the Islamic State will expand … So whoever enters Islam will have security … But whoever refuses will see nothing from us but the edge of a spear. The men will be killed and the children will be enslaved, and their wealth will be taken as booty. This is the judgment of Allah and his messenger."
The ultimatum came after the execution of 28 men identified as "worshipers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian Church."
Worthy News reports that the Ethiopian Ministry of Information confirmed that the victims were Ethiopian migrant workers living in Libya.
This latest video comes about two months after IS executed 21 Coptic Christians from Egupt. Both the Egyptians and Ethiopians were executed on a beach in the same general area on the Libyan coast.
According to ISIS, the religious persecution of Christians is fundamental to the "religion of peace".
Citing the Koran and the Sunnah as well as Islamic scholars, IS declared Christianity to be a false religion and called the persecution of Christians (and Jews) a fundamental part of Islam that today has fallen out of fashion.
"Whoever does not consider the Jews and Christians to be disbelievers and does not hate them is not a Muslim," according to scholar Al Islam Ibn-Taymiyyah.
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