A video apparently made by Islamic rebels in Syria shows a large collection of confiscated Bibles and biblical materials, such as the Book of John, that it describes as "more dangerous than chemical weapons."
The video appeared yesterday, just as reports from Syria said Islamic rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's army were "liberating" villages and forcing Christians there to convert to Islam or die.
Christians reportedly were being abducted and executed, although there were conflicting reports.
The new video of the confiscated Bibles was posted by Eretz Zen, who describes himself as a secular Syrian who opposes "having my country turned into a Taliban-like state."
The video shows stacks of Arabic language Bibles and other books. A sign is posted with the warning: "O nation of Muhammad, wake up. For there are things even more dangerous than chemical weapons. Beware the Christianization campaigns."
According to the Eretz Zen site, the footage was taken Sept. 3 in the Syrian town of Jarablus on the Turkish border.
A voice on the video says, "They exploit the needs of Syrian citizens in order to spread Christian thought."
The narrator also describes a small bag of communion wafers as a "pork meat derivative," which is supplied "to fool the gullible children with."
The London Daily Mail reported Christians in the village of Maaloula claimed Syrian rebels ordered them to convert to Islam on pain of death. The report said opposition forces, including some linked to al-Qaida, gained control of the area.
One Maaloula resident, according to the Daily Mail, said the rebels shouted "Allahu Akbar," or "Allah is supreme, " when they attacked the Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the area.
One Christian said in the Daily Mail report, "I saw the militants grabbing five villagers and threatening them and saying, 'Either you convert to Islam, or you will be beheaded.'"
The report described Maaloula as a "beautiful mountain village, 25 miles from Damascus."
The report said the historically Christian village had become a key strategic battleground in the Syrian civil war.