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Country of Concern: ‘Pro-Islamist’ Turkey Suppressing Christian Worship

By Gary Lane, CBN – “ISTANBUL, Turkey — On April 18, 2007, three Christians were bound to their chairs, tortured, and stabbed repeatedly at a Bible print shop in Malatya — their throats slit.

Five years have now passed since the Malatya murders, an incident that was perhaps the most tragic and brutal murder of Christians in modern-day Turkey.

Today, believers are facing increased persecution and the country is gradually moving away from secularism.

‘You see everyday is April 18. Everyday I have to live without him,’ widow Susanne Geske told CBN News on the one year anniversary of her husband’s murder.

Five suspects went on trial for killing the men, but there is still no conviction…

Church attendance dropped immediately after the Malatya incident. And although attendance is now growing again, so are the number of attacks against Christians.

The Protestant churches of Turkey documented 12 attacks in 2011. This included the beating of Christians for sharing their faith with Muslims.

No one has been prosecuted for any of these crimes, putting Turkey on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s list of ‘countries of particular concern’ (CPC) for the first time.

Nina Shea, one of the commissioners supporting that move, said the Turkish government is suppressing Christian worship, and as a result Christian numbers are dwindling.

‘They comprise 0.15 percent of the entire population of Turkey,’ Shea said. ‘They are very frail, and we’re going to see them vanish in our lifetime if Turkey doesn’t lift its dense web of regulations and give them religious freedom.’

Turkey’s ambassador in Washington called the CPC designation ‘politically motivated.’

Middle East analyst Walid Phares is not surprised by the persecution of Christians in Turkey. He said Prime Minister Erdogan has been shifting away from a pro-NATO, pro-Western position to a ‘pro-Islamists, more anti-Israel and slightly anti-Western attitude.'” Read more.

  1. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    04/18/2012 at 5:09 PM

    I know that Turkey has been trying to re-create the Ottoman empire for some time, I don’t know exactly how it will play out, but what I have to ask is ; is this why the Arab spring was pushed by us? And another question I’ve had is why is our so called President cozying up to Erdogen? It seems like every time there is a summit or meeting of some type, he is huddled with Turkey, and now Russia. And why is he singing from the rooftops every time he thinks the muslims are getting a raw deal, but dead silent on the persecution of Christians? Turkey is a nato ally, correct? So why?


    • ICA
      04/18/2012 at 10:03 PM

      The Arab Spring was pushed by self-deluded Western “wine-drunk” politicians and media personalities who were so blinded by their myopic, misguided, liberal worldview that they actually expected the image of a Jeffersonian democracy to — some how, some way — take root and flourish in rocky, weed-infested nutrient-deficient soil. It has become fundamentally clear, however, that the image of a strong Jeffersonian democracy was nothing more than a crack addict’s pipe dream, for the image of something else entirely is being raised up and given power, not just by the new Islamist leaders, but by the masses who put them there. Yet, even now, many of the same self-deluded Western proponents of the Arab Spring continue to believe that hugs, handshakes and happy meals will — some how, some way — pacify the pandered. Barack Obama alone has swindled every opportunity to show real leadership, at every juncture, and has continued to act more like a true enemy of Israel in support of Israel’s enemies, when what Israel needs now is a true ally, perhaps more than ever.


      • iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
        04/18/2012 at 10:37 PM

        I can’t disagree with anything you say. It sadden’s me to see what he has done to Israel, he has truly turned his back.


  2. Willard
    04/18/2012 at 8:13 PM

    I am not suggesting that he is the A/C but personally I think that he does have the spirit of the A/C within him – that is why he is pro-Islam


  3. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    04/18/2012 at 9:37 PM

    I agree with you 100 %! I base that on discernment, and descriptions of the AC in Daniel and the new testament.


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