Islamist Turkey Seizes All Christian Churches in City and Declares them ‘State Property’

Why isn’t this international news?

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A Turkish policeman stands guard outside a church
Nick Gutteridge reports: 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 government didn’t take over these pieces of property in order to protect them. They did so to acquire them.”

— Ahmet Guvener, pastor of Diyarbakir Protestant Church

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.

They have now effectively become state property – meaning they are run by the government – in a country with a dire human rights record where about 98 percent of the population is Muslim. 

President Erdogan

The order to…

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Turkish Military Says It Has Taken Over Country

Confusing situation the president now says he is in charge and seems to have control of the media.

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President Erdogan calls on people to take to the streets as soldiers storm the state TV studios to declare they’ve seized power.

The Turkish military claims to have “fully seized control” of the country amid reports that at least one explosion has hit parliament in Ankara.

Soldiers stormed Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT, forcing a presenter to read a statement live on air announcing that a military coup is under way.

The statement said the country, a NATO member, is now being run by a “peace council”. It declared that martial law and a nationwide curfew are in place.

Numerous reports of aerial attacks, gunfire and explosions are emerging from Istanbul and the Turkish capital Ankara.

An unconfirmed report from the state-run Anadolu news agency suggests that parliament in Ankara has been hit by at least one bomb.

Lawmakers are currently hiding in shelters inside the building, one member of parliament…

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Stopping Traffic

My husband is a funeral director. People used to show a lot of respect for funerals. Is life so cheap, are you so busy you can’t wait with respect for a few minutes? Next time it could be someone you love.

Random Acts of Faith

 

via FTPTo the middle aged woman who gestured angrily and yelled as we passed…

To the thirty-something man in the power suit who honked and forced his black SUV through our line…

To the person who tried to pass us and then moved his car into our lane to block our progress…

Perhaps you don’t know. Perhaps you didn’t recognize the hearse and the flapping flags on the first few cars. Perhaps you didn’t notice that we all had our lights on and our hazards flashing. Perhaps your mama never taught you to show respect to the dead by showing kindness to the grieving.

You couldn’t know, of course, that the woman inside the hearse was only twenty years old. You couldn’t know that she leaves behind parents and siblings and a young husband and a one-year-old baby girl. You couldn’t know anything about the person in that hearse or…

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