The Government Of Turkey Is Now Confiscating Christian Property And Prohibiting Christians From Worshipping In Their Churches

By Theodore Shoebat

The government of Turkey is now confiscating Christian property and prohibiting Christians worshipping in their churches, which have also been confiscated. This is happening in certain areas of Turkey, but soon it will be widespread. Here is the report:

The severe persecution and widespread “hatred” that Christians and other minorities experience in Turkey has been detailed in a report by a U.S.-based nonprofit international policy council and think tank.

The Gatestone Institute wrote in a report released Monday that Christians are persecuted by government officials and are severely abused by the public on social media.

It listed a number of articles, such as one from August 2017 in the Armenian-Turkish weekly Agos, which reported that “Armenian, Syriac and Chaldean Christians have not been able to worship in their churches for the last three years.”

“This is because virtually the entire town — and all Christian properties belonging to the indigenous Armenian, Assyrian (Syriac), Chaldean and Protestant communities — was included in an expropriation plan adopted in March 2016 by the Turkish cabinet,” it pointed out.

“Among the Christian properties expropriated are the Armenian Catholic, the Chaldean Mor Petyun and the Armenian Surp Giragos churches.”

What is more, even Muslims who have refused to shun Christians or Kurds have been targeted, the think tank said.

“For instance, a 76-year-old Muslim grandmother in Diyarbakır who is active in a Kurdish political movement has been harassed by Turkish police for being a ‘hidden Armenian,’ simply because she reads the Bible as well as the Quran,” Gatestone reported.

Christian pastors have been imprisoned, such as the case of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested last October.

Watchdog groups, such as the American Center for Law and Justice, have accused the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of keeping him in prison without any cause.

Turkish officials finally announced the charges against Brunson at the end of August, however, accusing him of “gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order.”

The Gatestone report noted that Yazidis, Alevis and women in the region have also been abused by Turkish authorities, while dozens of Kurdish journalist have been imprisoned.

“This hatred of Christians and Kurds in Turkey is not restricted to government officials. It is widespread among the public, as well, and expressed extensively on social media,” Gatestone explained.

It pointed to Twitter abuse, where Armenians and grandchildren of survivors of the 1914 Armenian Christian genocide are called “infidels,” “vile and treacherous,” with some saying that all Armenians “must die.”

“The situation of minorities in Turkey and their persecution by Turkey — a member of NATO and perpetual candidate for EU membership — must be told as often and as loudly as possible,” the report urged in conclusion.

Amnesty International has slammed Erdogan’s government as well, accusing the president of having a “human rights meltdown” after the arrest of the group’s Turkey director Idil Eser.

“This is not a legitimate prosecution,” Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s secretary general, said in a statement in July following the arrest. “This is a politically motivated persecution that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey.”

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  • AnthonyM

    The confiscation and persecution of Christians in parts of Turkey seems to have happened rather quickly. Erdogan seems he does not need support of the West to bring about his Caliphate.

  • Kamau41

    Christian persecution will soon be widespread in this Region, as we are certainly witnessing the rebuilding of the Ottoman Empire in our Era.

  • Anthony Palo

    These turks gonna get what they deserve.

  • Gloria Patri

    It seems Turkey was only pretending to be tolerant for a short time. It has never really been. I wonder if Armenians ever believed in their tolerance? I wonder what will eventually happen to Patriarch Bartholomew? We know a time will come when Turkey will assume it’s responsibility as seat of Satan. The hatred for followers of Christ is getting worse in most places on the earth. We all have to be ready to remain true to Christ despite the cost.