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New Zealand Attacks: Repercussions and Perspective…


 

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https://www.raymondibrahim.com/2013/04/26/death-to-churches-under-islam-a-study-of-the-coptic-church-part-i/

What do Muslim Brotherhood members do when Egyptian Security Forces launch a forewarned operation to clear them from Cairo tent cities? Attack Christians. That’s right.

https://www1.cbn.com/globallane-44

  • Church of the Virgin Mary and Anba Abram of the Copts Orthodox. the village of Daljah, the district of Deir Mawas, Minya province. Burning and demolishing the church.
  • The Church of St. Mina of the Coptic Orthodox. The neighborhood of Abu Hilal Kebly Minya province. Burning the church.
  • St. George Church. Coptic Orthodox archbishopric land, Sohag province. Burning the church.
  • Baptist Church. Status of  Bani Mazar, Minya province. Burning the church
  • Church of the Virgin Lady of the Copts Orthodox, Nazlah village, Yusuf the righteous district, Fayoum province. Burning the church…
  • Monastery of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd School. Suez. Burning.
  • Church of Franciscan fathers. Street 23. Suez. Burning.
  • Bible society friends, fayoum. Burning.
  • Church of Saint Maximus. 45th Street. Alexandria. Harassment.
  • Church of Prince Taodharos Elchatbi. Fayoum. Burning.
  • Church of the virgin Lady of the Coptic Orthodox. butchers street. Abu Hilal District. Minia province. Burning.
  • Church of Saint Mark. Catholic Copts. Abu Hilal District, Minya province. Burning.
  • Church of the Jesuit Fathers. Abu Hilal District, Minya province. Burning.
  • Church of the Virgin and Anba Abram. Sohag. Burning.
  • Church of Saint Mark, and the building of services. electricity Street. Sohag. Burning.
  • The house of Father Onjelios king. Pastor of the Church of the Virgin and Anba Abram in Daljah. Deir Mawas district. Minya province. Burning the house completely.
  • Burning the Greek Church in Suez.

 

Pray for peace and reconciliation in Egypt and pray for God’s divine protection on our Christian brothers and sisters. Pray their faith will be strengthened during this time of tribulation!

Christians in Egypt face unprecedented persecution, report says :

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/christians-egypt-unprecedented-persecution-report

That Is NEWS That CAIR Won’t Care About.. It Is No News, But New Zeeland…Ohh That’s Central News !

 

“New Zealand Attacks: Repercussions and Perspective,” by Srdja Trifkovic, Chronicles, March 15, 2019:

Terrorist attacks against Muslims in the Western world are extremely rare. This morning’s carnage in two mosques in New Zealand, with the death toll currently at 50, is the first major event of its kind since the Quebec City mosque shooting—over two years ago – which killed six persons.

(As for the alleged “Islamophobic incidents” in general, overwhelmingly they are either unverifiable or too trivial to be taken seriously.)

While 56 dead in two years is 56 too many, this regrettable incident will dominate the headlines infinitely more than any comparable carnage involving Christians, notably the 2017 Palm Sunday church bombings in Alexandria; it killed 45 people, and was all but ignored by the Western media and politicians. The developing frenzy of compassion with the victims of Christchurch will result in a number of mathematically predictable consequences:

  • The ruling elites and their media cohorts all over the Western world will have a field day equating “violent extremism” (which has nothing to do with “true Islam,” of course) with the neo-nazi, right-wing, white, Christian-inspired racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and all other traits of the deplorables; and yes, it will be Trump’s fault to boot.
  • Various Islamic activist in the West, such as the sharia-promoting CAIR in the U.S. and its fellow-conspirators elsewhere, will clamor for ever more stringent laws criminalizing “Islamophobia,” effectively defined as any form of meaningful debate of Islam, its scriptural message, historical practice, and current ambitions.
  • Such demands will be promptly translated into legislative proposals by the jihadophile liberal class which will proclaim zero tolerance of “Islamophobia” as defined by CAIR et al. And, of course, they will demand additional Soviet/Nazi style gun laws.

Six years ago in these pages I defined jihadophilia as a mental disorder affecting members of the Western (including Anglo-Antipodean) elite class, which is characterized by a breakdown of the ability to name Muslims as perpetrators of the acts of Islamic terrorism, by the tendency to systematically ignore Islam as a factor in terrorist attacks or to deny its relevance in such attacks, and by an acute deficit of the capacity or will to provide appropriate institutional or legal responses to such attacks. This psychosis, hard to cure ab initio, will be let loose now like never before.

For starters, there will be no attempt to place today’s killings “in perspective,” as is invariably the case after Muslim terrorists strike Western targets—in Nice, Paris, Berlin etc.—killing hundreds of people. That “perspective” should include the fact that some 30 million Muslims reside in the Western world today (many more on their own reckoning), which makes the probability of any one of them falling victim to a deplorable attack in any given year roughly one in ten million.

These odds may be higher than being eaten by a great white shark, but they compare rather favorably with the probability of a Frenchman being killed by a Muslim fanatic. Be patient, dear reader; let us recoup with precision, lest we be accused of inflammatory rhetoric:

 

  • 7-9 January 2015: Charlie Hebdo attacks kill 22 people.
  • 26 June 2015: In Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, a Muslim decapitated a Frenchman and rammed a van into cylinders at a gas factory trying to start an explosion.
  • 13-14 November 2015: The horrendous Paris attacks killed 137 people in the single deadliest terrorist outrage in French history
  • 13 June 2016: At Magnanville, a policeman and his wife were murdered by a jihadist.
  • 14 July 2016: A truck was driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. The driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, killed 86 people.
  • 26 July 2016: In Normandy two jihadists attacked a church during mass, killing an 86-year-old priest.
  • 1 October 2017: A Muslim stabbed to death two young women at a Marseille train station. Before he was shot dead he shouted Allahu Akbar.
  • 23 March 2018: A Muslim stole a car in Carcassonne, killing the passenger, went to Trèbes, attacked a supermarket, killed three people and injured several others.
  • 12 May 2018: A Chechen-born “Frenchman” stabbed to death one pedestrian and injured several others near the Garnier Opera in Paris.
  • 11 December 2018: In Strasbourg a gunman opened fire just outside the Christmas Market, killing 5 and injuring 11.

That makes 261 dead and many more injured, in attacks by Muslims on non-Muslims, in less than four years, in only one country, France (pop. 66 million). With 66 dead a year on average, Frenchmen are exactly ten times more likely to be murdered by a Muslim than a Muslim being killed by a non-Muslim terrorist anywhere in the Western world.

The score is incomparably worse if we look at the situation of Christians in the Muslim world. It is the most egregious example of human right violations in today’s world: according to “Open Doors,” at least 4,305 Christians known by name were murdered by Muslims because of their faith in 2018. Aid to the Church in Need, in its latest “Religious Freedom Report,” warned that 300 million Christians, overwhelmingly in the majority-Muslim countries, were subjected to violence, making it “the most persecuted religion in the world.”

This makes the odds of a Christian in a majority-Muslim country being murdered by a Muslim—simply for being what he is—approximately one in 70,000. This means a Christian living in a majority Muslim country is 143 times more likely to be killed by a Muslim for being a Christian than a Muslim is likely to be killed by a non-Muslim in a Western country for being what he is.

These are some of the facts that need to be taken into account as we face today’s onslaught of massive Agitprop and self-hatred inducement from every screen and every printed page in every Western country. The victims and their families in New Zealand deserve sympathy. So do the victims of jihadism, which is the most murderous ideology in human history, incomparably more lethal than Bolshevism and National Socialism combined….

https://gellerreport.com/2019/03/despicable-horror-new-zealand.html/

The TRUTH about “grooming gangs” in Britain


Clarion Project : Faithkeepers


The Clarion Project (formerly Clarion Fund) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating both policy makers and the public about the growing phenomenon of Islamic extremism. The Clarion Project is committed to working towards safeguarding human rights for all peoples.

https://clarionproject.org/

 

Turkey Wipes Out the Christian Culture of Occupied Cyprus


 

 

  • “Turkey has been committing two major international crimes against Cyprus. It has invaded and divided a small, weak but modern and independent European state… Turkey has also changed the demographic character of the island and has devoted itself to the systematic destruction and obliteration of the cultural heritage of the areas under its military control.” — from “The Loss of a Civilization: Destruction of cultural heritage in occupied Cyprus.”
  • “More than 550 Greek Orthodox churches, chapels and monasteries located in towns and villages of the occupied areas, have been pillaged, deliberately vandalized and, in some cases, demolished. Many Christian places of worship have been converted into mosques, depots of the Turkish army, stockyards and hay barns.” — Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • “UNESCO considers the intentional destruction of cultural heritage a war crime.” — Artnet News, 2017.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13341/turkey-cyprus-christian-culture

by Uzay Bulut

Gatestone Institute

 

“A Pure Genocide”: Extremist Persecution of Christians, June 2018


“A Pure Genocide”: Extremist Persecution of Christians, June 2018

by Raymond Ibrahim

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13312/pure-genocide

About this Series

While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians by extremists is growing. The report posits that such persecution is not random but rather systematic, and takes place irrespective of language, ethnicity, or location.

Previous reports

Italy’s Salvini Deports Islamic Extremist Who Wanted to Kill ‘White Tourists’ and ‘Christians


Bravo to Salvini, and to Italy. Every nation that believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness should expel, deport, and purge their countries of this poisonous ideology. But for doing this, Salvini will be denounced as a “racist” and an “islamophobe,” and the European Union will excoriate him for not wanting his country to commit national suicide. Madness.

 

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Turkey: Building Mosques, Erasing Christianity


Turkey: Building Mosques, Erasing Christianity

by Uzay Bulut

“We Are Bigger than Your Jesus!”


  • If any measure of peace between Muslims and Christians is to prevail, no church can exist in the village, local Muslims said. “The only houses of worship that can ever be built in this village are Muslim places of worship for Allah.” — Watan International, Egypt.
  • “The Al Shabaab are now hunting down the children in Mogadishu, and we have moved the care center to a bit safer location…. The children look devastated and malnourished, so we as a secret church do appeal to our brothers and sisters in the free world to consider extending a hand to these persecuted children.” — Pastor of an underground church, Somalia.
  • “[I]t seems that the Muslims intentionally wanted to pick a fight with us.” — Pastor of King Jesus Church, Pakistan.

Muslim Slaughter of Christians :

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13014/persecution-christians-march

by Raymond Ibrahim

On March 26, medical staff and security guards at Services Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan beat to death a Christian father of four and injured five members of his family, including the pregnant sister he had brought because she was in labor. Pictured: The Department of Surgery at Services Hospital, in 2014. (Image Source: Baitaal/Wikimedia Commons)

 

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The Truth May Scare You! (2018)


 

 

‘Oh You Cross-Worshippers, We’ll Kill You All’


 

A document drafted by members of the global Christian community convening at the 3rd International Christian Forum, held in Moscow, detailed how over the past ten years the Middle East’s Christian population has shrunk by 80% and warned that unless current trends are reversed, Christianity “will vanish” from its ancient homelands in a few years’ time. Around the year 2000, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq; today there are only 100,000 — roughly a 93% percent drop, the document notes. In Syria, the largest cities “have lost almost all of their Christian population.”

 

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TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement.

The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens.

Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of which is over 1,700 years old.

 

But the seizures have outraged worshippers at the churches, who fear a government coup against their religion are now threatening to take legal action against the decision.

Ahmet Guvener, pastor of Diyarbakir Protestant Church, said: “The government didn’t take over these pieces of property in order to protect them. They did so to acquire them.”

And the Diyarbakir Bar Association – which represents Christians worshipping at one of the churches, has now officially filed an appeal the government’s action.

In a statement the group said: “Among the expropriated plots, there are structures belonging to public institutions … and places of worship and residences considered as historical and cultural heritage.

“This decision, which seems to be made by the request of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning without any reason or justification, is unacceptable within the limits of constitutional order.”

 

Victoria Coates told  PJ Media: “What’s happening in southern Turkey is all too typical in the Middle East today, as ancient Christian communities are displaced and persecuted by sectarian violence.

“The government of Turkey should move swiftly to return these churches to their rightful owners, and not take advantage of the situation to seize them permanently.”

Erdogan has courted open controversy in recent months with the seizure of opposition newspaper Zaman, which has unsurprisingly since toed a sycophantic pro-government line.

His apparently anti-democratic moves have provoked outrage in Europe, where politicians have been left bowing and scraping at his feet in a desperate bid to resolve the migrant chaos.

As part of a deal designed to stem the flow of people entering the continent EU leaders have promised to open up Europe to 80 million Turks and to accelerate talks on the country joining the 28-nation bloc.

https://www.therebel.media/the_erdogan_files_turkey_s_push_to_destroy_freedom_in_europe

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/663089/Islamist-Turkey-Erdogan-seize-Christian-churches-Diyarbakir-persecution-state-property

Greeks in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction


Greeks in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction

https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/greeks-turkey-verge-extinction#

 

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Excellent video, The true intent of Muslims, they hate us ..THE FACTS


By Halal Pork

Islam – The Undeniable Truth – A quick lesson in the history of Islam – Brigitte Gabriel.


 

+ Christian Resistance Against Jihad Timeline +


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The Real Syria Story No One Wants You to Know About


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Kurt Nimmo | December 27, 2016

On this episode of The Geopolitical Report, we counter the establishment’s narrative on the conflict in Syria and the flashpoint of Daraa, a town near the Syria-Jordan border where the CIA, working with the Muslim Brotherhood, attacked police and set the stage for a conflict that has so far claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Syrians. The proxy war is designed to take down a secular government and replace it with a Salafist principality controlled by the Brotherhood, a longtime CIA and British intelligence asset.

 

http://www.newsbud.com/2016/12/27/the-real-syria-story-no-one-wants-you-to-know-about/

 

 

 

News From The Free World …


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The Faithkeepers


With the rise of radical Islamist groups, religious minorities are being persecuted, expelled and systematically murdered in the Middle East.

Each month, hundreds of people are killed, raped and abducted. Holy sites are desecrated, churches demolished and homes burned to the ground.

These atrocities can no longer be ignored by global leaders. We must wake up the world!

Our upcoming documentary — Faithkeepers — will do just that. It will shine a spotlight on the untold story of the Persecuted Church and will reach millions, educate policymakers and spur change.

Our upcoming documentary — Faithkeepers — will do just that. It shines a spotlight on the untold story of minority persecution and will reach millions, educate policymakers and spur change

http://www.causematch.com/projects/sound-the-alarm-on-radical-islams-persecution-of-christians-and-minorities/

This week’s coverage of the invasion of Europe


Slovenia is constructing its fence on the Croat border…..(video thanks to Armaros.)

Immigration jihad, or hijrah, is the migration or journey of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Yathrib, later renamed by him to Medina, in the year 622 CE. It was after the hijrah that Muhammad for the first time became not just a preacher of religious ideas, but a political and military leader. That was what occasioned his new “revelations” exhorting his followers to commit violence against unbelievers. Significantly, the Islamic calendar counts the hijrah, not Muhammad’s birth or the occasion of his first “revelation,” as the beginning of Islam, implying that Islam is not fully itself without a political and military component.

– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/10/isis-invasion-facebook-pics-of-jihadis-entering-as-refugees.html/#sthash.O5LYrILp.dpuf

This week’s coverage of the invasion of Europe:
10/28: INVASION: Situation at Austria’s borders out of control
10/28: FIVE MILLION MUSLIMS march on Europe: “We cannot guarantee the public safety anymore”
10/28: One Out of Two Migrants Go Rogue, “Unaccounted For,” “On the Run”
10/27: Europe now scrambles for guns: Shotguns have ‘virtually sold out’ in Austria
10/27: Lapland Ski Resort and 4-Star Ramada Hotel to Become Permanent Migrant Housing
10/26: MIGRANT VIDEO: “They are sitting in our backyards”
10/25: VIDEO: Village of 60 must accept 1,500 Muslim migrants
10/24: VIDEO: Muslim Migrant CHAOS, Break Off on their Own, Austria Calls in Army, Minister Calls for “a FORTRESS EUROPE”
10/24: VIDEO: Dissatisfied with Their Accommodations, Muslim Migrants in Germany go on Hunger Strike
10/24: VIDEO: Ashura March in Germany with black flags of jihad
10/23: Führer Merkel to Impose Pan-European Asylum, Quota Demands, More Migrants, New EU Taxes, No Borders
10/23: VIDEO: Thermo-vision migrant footage
10/23: ISIS Invasion: VIDEO of Facebook pics of jihadis entering as “refugees”
10/22: Prime Minister Orban: “We are in a deep trouble”
10/22: VIDEO: Drone footage shows thousands of Muslim migrants crossing into Europe, 12,000 migrants arrive in Slovenia
10/21: VIDEO: Muslim Migrants Burn Down Refugee Camp, Take Selfies
10/21 VIDEO: Citizens blockade buses with migrants in Germany
10/21: Converts to Christianity In Migrant Camp Beaten Unconscious With Baton By Muslim

More here …..

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Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction


Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction

 

One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches.

“Turkey is not converting churches into mosques because there is a need for more mosques… The message conveyed … is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated.” — Constantine Tzanos, author.

The physical devastation of the Christian Armenians was followed by a cultural devastation. Countless Christian churches and schools have been destroyed or turned into mosques, storehouses or stables, among other things.

“Christians are certainly seen as second-class citizens. A real citizen is a Muslim, and those who aren’t Muslim are seen as suspicious.” — Walter Flick, Scholar, International Society for Human Rights.

Sadly, Turkey, a NATO member since 1952 and supposedly a candidate for membership in the European Union, has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor.

While Eastern Orthodox Christians recently celebrated their Easter holy week, a historical Church in Istanbul — the once magnificent Christian city of Constantinople — is witnessing yet another abuse at the hands of its current authorities.

“The historic Istanbul cathedral and museum, Hagia Sophia, witnessed its first Quran recitation under its roof after 85 years Saturday,” reported the state-run Anatolian News Agency of Turkey. “The Religious Affairs Directorate launched the exhibition “Love of Prophet,” as part of commemorations of the birth of Islamic Prophet Muhammad.”

Even though Christians are a tiny minority in Turkey today, Christianity has a long history in Asia Minor, the birthplace of many Christian Apostles and Saints, including Paul of Tarsus, Timothy, Nicholas of Myra, and Polycarp of Smyrna.

All of the first seven Ecumenical Councils were held in present-day Turkey. Two out of the five centers (Patriarchates) of the ancient Pentarchy – Constantinople (Istanbul) and Antioch (Antakya) – are also situated there. Antioch was the place where, for the first time, the followers of Jesus were called “Christians.”

Turkey is also home to the Seven Churches of Asia, where were sent the Revelations to John. During the centuries that followed, countless churches were established throughout the region.

One of them, Hagia Sophia, was once the grandest cathedral in the Christian world — until the fall of Constantinople by the Ottomans on May 29, 1453, followed by a three days of unbridled pillage.[1]

Hagia Sophia was not exempt. Pillagers made their way to the Hagia Sophia and battered down its doors. Trapped in the church, congregants and refugees became spoils to be divided among the Ottoman invaders.

The historian Steven Runciman in The Fall of Constantinople 1453 writes:

“They slew everyone that they met in the streets, men, women and children without discrimination. The blood ran in rivers down the steep streets from the heights of Petra towards the Golden Horn. But soon the lust for slaughter was assuaged. The soldiers realized that captives and precious objects would bring them greater profit.”[2]

After the fall of the city, the Hagia Sophia Church was converted into a mosque.

A mosque with the name Hagia Sophia, Greek for Ἁγία Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom,” is possible if the church is brought under the control of an Islamic theocracy. It is like having a mosque called “the Armenian Mosque of the Holy Cross”.

In the 1930s, the Turkish government made it into a museum. But turning a church into a museum is also not a trait of a truly democratic state. One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches.

In 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc expressed his hope to see the Hagia Sophia Museum be used as a mosque, and even referred to it it the “Hagia Sophia Mosque.”

“Turkey is not converting churches into mosques because there is a need for more mosques, and Turkey does not have the resources to build them,” wrote Constantine Tzanos. “The message conveyed by those in Turkey who have achieved the conversion of Christian churches into mosques and demand the conversion of Hagia Sofia is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated.”

On November, 2014, Pope Francis paid the fourth ever visit of a Pope to Turkey. Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tanju Bilgic told reporters that during the trip, the issue of an “alliance of civilizations, dialogue between cultures, xenophobia, the fight against racism and political developments in the region” would be on the agenda.

The agenda of Pope Francis should actually have included the churches of Turkey that have been destroyed, damaged or converted into many things including stables – like the historical Armenian Gregoryan Church in the province of Izmir (Smyrna). “Some citizens put their cows and horses inside the church, while the inhabitants of the neighborhood complain that the church has been turned into a site of drug addicts and alcoholics,” reported the newspaper Milliyet.

Another victim of Turkey’s intolerance of churches, the Agios Theodoros Byzantine Church in Istanbul, was first converted into a mosque during the rule of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II; it was named after Mollah Gurani, the fourth Sheikh-ul-Islam (the authority that governed religious affairs of the Muslims in the Ottoman Empire).

It was reported in March 2014, that the entry section of the former church-mosque has become a “house,” and its upper storey turned into a “flat.” A shanty has been built inside its garden. The priest’s room is now a toilet.

Centuries later, the habits of Ottoman Turks seem not to have changed.

Today, Turkey has a smaller percentage of its Christian population than any of its neighbors – less than Syria, Iraq and Iran. The greatest cause of this was the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek slaughters or genocides between 1915 and 1923.

At least 2.5 million native Christians of Asia Minor were killed — either massacred outright, or became victims of deportations, slave labor or death marches. Many of them died in concentration camps of diseases or starvation.

Many Greeks who survived the slaughter were driven from their homes in Asia Minor in the 1923 forcible population exchange between Turkey and Greece.

The physical devastation was followed by a cultural devastation. Throughout the history of the Turkish Republic, countless Christian churches and schools have been destroyed or turned into mosques, storehouses and stables among other things.

The columnist Raffi Bedrosyan reported in the Armenian Weekly that

“There are only 34 churches and 18 schools left in Turkey today, mostly in Istanbul, with about less than 3,000 students in these schools.”

“Recent research pegs the number of Armenian churches in Turkey before 1915 at around 2,300. The number of schools before 1915 is estimated at nearly 700, with 82,000 students. These numbers are only for churches and schools under the jurisdiction of the Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate and the Apostolic Church, and therefore do not include the numerous churches and schools belonging to the Protestant and Catholic Armenian parishes.”

Walter Flick, a scholar with the International Society for Human Rights in Germany, says that the Christian minority in Turkey does not enjoy the same rights as the Muslim majority.

“Turkey has almost 80 million inhabitants,” he said. “There are only around 120,000 Christians, which is less than 1 percent of the population. Christians are certainly seen as second-class citizens. A real citizen is Muslim, and those who aren’t Muslim are seen as suspicious.”

According to a 2014 survey, 89 % of the Turkish population said that what defines a nation is belonging to a certain religion. Among the 38 countries that participated in the question: Who believes in the importance of belonging to a specific religion [Islam] in defining the concept of a nation, Turkey [for Turkishness], with 89% of its population agreeing, ranked number one in the world. [3]

“In some ways, Ankara’s policies against Turkey’s Christian citizens have added a modern veneer and sophisticated brutality to Ottoman norms and practices,” wrote political scientist Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou and historian Dr. Alexandros K. Kyrou. In the words of an anonymous Church hierarch in Turkey fearful for the life of his flock, Christians in Turkey are an endangered species.”

On April 4, 1949, the signers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Washington D.C. announced: “The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments. They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area. They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defense and for the preservation of peace and security.”

Being part of the EU community and NATO requires respecting the Jewish, Christian, Hellenic and secular humanist values that have characterized Western Civilization, and contributed to civil rights, democracy, philosophy and science from which everyone can benefit.

Sadly, Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, and reportedly a candidate for membership in the European Union, has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor.

All this is reminiscent of what ISIS and other jihadist armies have been doing in the Middle East. In Turkey, the remaining Christian population, the grandchildren of genocide survivors, are still exposed to discrimination. The old habits of Ottoman Turks do not seem to die.

Uzay Bulut, born a Muslim, is a Turkish journalist based in Ankara.

                                     Gatestone Institute

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