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Reports that Syrian Christians are throwing their support behind President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled the Western Asian country for 40 years, may at first sound daunting.
But considering the possibility of Islamic extremists replacing the regime and the small Christian population being left to fend for themselves, some understand that fears of uncertainty are compelling them toward backing al-Assad.
"They see what's happening in other countries, specifically what's happened in Egypt where we see a regime change but even more attacks against Christian churches, and they're afraid that's what's going to happen in Syria," Jerry Dykstra, spokesman for persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post....