June 30, 2017

TURKEY: Islamic President Erdogan Seizes 50 Christian Churches And Monasteries, Declares Them Turkish State Property. 😠 Islam Did The Same In Sudan And Other Nations They Conquered.

Jihad Watch
written and shared by Robert Spencer
Wednesday June 28, 2017

As Turkey continues its Islamization under Erdogan, it becomes increasingly hostile to Christians and Christianity. This fact should give pause to the fond and foolish purveyors of “Muslim-Christian dialogue” and Christian “outreach” to Muslims, but it won’t.

“Erdogan Seizes 50 Syriac Churches and Monasteries, Declares Them Turkish State Property,” by Patrick Poole, PJ Media, June 27, 2017:

The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has seized control of at least 50 Syriac churches, monasteries, and cemeteries in Mardin province, report media sources from Turkey…

The Turkish-Armenian daily Agos reports:

After Mardin became a Metropolitan Municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighbourhoods as per the law and attached to the provincial administration. Following the legislative amendment introduced in late 2012, the Governorate of Mardin established a liquidation committee. The Liquidation Committee started to redistribute in the city, the property of institutions whose legal entity had expired. The transfer and liquidation procedures are still ongoing.

In 2016, the Transfer, Liquidation and Redistribution Committee of Mardin Governorate transferred to primarily the Treasury as well as other relevant public institutions numerous churches, monasteries, cemeteries and other assets of the Syriac community in the districts of Mardin.

The Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation appealed to the decision yet the liquidation committee rejected their appeal last May. The churches, monasteries and cemeteries whose ownerships were given to the Treasury were then transferred to the Diyanet.

Inquiries of the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation revealed that dozens of churches and monasteries had been transferred to the Treasury first and then allocated to the Diyanet. And the cemeteries have been transferred to the Metropolitan Municipality of Mardin. The maintenance of some of the churches and monasteries are currently being provided by the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation and they are opened to worship on certain days. Similarly, the cemeteries are still actively used by the Syriac community who visits them and performs burial procedures. The Syriacs have appealed to the Court for the cancellation of the decision.

“We started to file lawsuits and in the meantime our enquiries continued” said Kuryakos Ergün, the Chairman of Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation. Ergün said they would appeal to the court for the cancellation of nearly 30 title deed registries.

Included in the seizure is the 1600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery:

Foundation of Mor Gabriel Monastery, filed a court case at the Civil Court of First Instance in Mardin against the registration of title deed records in the name of Treasury.

In the petition filed to the court it has been noted that the properties subject to the court case had been, since ancient times, under the possession and ownership of the Foundation and the significance of Mor Gabriel Monastery has been underlined; “Its history dates back to the 4th century AD. The Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world which is still active and is one of the most ancient religious centers of Syriacs and the entire world with its history of more than 1600 years.

Midyat Syriac Deyrulumur Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation had been established on the basis of the imperial order of Sultan Abdülmecid Han during the Ottoman Empire in “1267 Islamic calendar (1851/1852 Gregorian calendar) and its status was redefined, became a legal entity, on the basis of the Foundations Law of 13.06.1935 with no 2762.

The Foundation had been recognised as “a religious community foundation” on the basis of a Regulation issued in 2002 by the Directorate General of Foundation and was included in the List of Religious Community Foundations drafted same year. Foundations that I’m not included in this list are in not recognised as religious community foundations.”
CBN News
written by Staff
April 18, 2017

By weakening Turkey's democracy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ensured the continued erosion of conditions for Christians, Jews and other religious minorities in the Muslim majority nation.

If the referendum, narrowly approved by voters stands, Erdogan will gain executive, legislative and judicial powers. Serious allegations of voter fraud have been launched by international monitors and his political opponents have already vowed to appeal the vote.

"There are hundreds of cases of ballot box stuffing. What's even more scandalous is the Supreme Council of Election changed the rules of counting over an hour into the counting which is always an embarrassing smoking gun for the government," Dr. Aykan Erdemir tells Beltway Buzz.

Erdemir is a Muslim Turk who served in Turkish Parliament from 2011 to 2015. He's dedicated his career to defending minority rights and religious freedom in Turkey. He's now a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.

"If he manages to steal this referendum and go forward with the changes I think we'll see more of this reckless one man rule. We will see a further erosion of checks and balances, rule of law, due process. It's terrible news for the academics and journalists and civil servants and faith leaders who are already in prison or who have been purged," Erdemir says.

Faith leaders like American Pastor Andrew Brunson. He's been jailed since October, swept up in a terrorism investigation, but never formally charged.

"Unfortunately Pastor Andrew Brunson is now a pawn, kind of a trump card in Erdogan's hand There's absolutely no rule of law, no due process in that case, it's a completely bogus case and I think Erdogan has no reason to respect rule of law and due process," Erdemir says.

During his victory speech, Erdogan accused the West of a "crusade" which alluded to the ancient battle between Christianity and Islam.

"So he's again using this kind of belligerent clash of Islam versus Christianity. It's the battle of the cross versus the crescent rhetoric and you can imagine if you are a member of Turkey's Jewish or Christian communities you will feel very threatened because you are a citizen and technically on paper you have the same rights as Turkey's majority Muslim population, but you have a president who continues to single you out and portrays you as kind of the fifth column, the traitors in Turkey and this is basically paving the way, not only through crack downs in courts, but for hate crimes," Erdemir says.

The referendum is being challenged by Erdogan's political opponents. Regardless it wasn't the clear mandate he wanted and now he's set his sights on another proposition for Turkish voters: whether or not to bring back the death penalty. Capital punishment was abolished in Turkey in 2004.

"He [Erdogan] knows firsthand that the magic formula in a majority Muslim country is incitement, religious incitement, and I'm really concerned in the days to come if Turkey goes forward with Erdogan's proposal for a second referendum on death penalty we could see further reprisals against Turkey's minority faith leaders," says Erdemir.

Turkey is a strategic American ally. Although European countries have held off congratulating Erdogan on his referendum win citing grave concerns over election fraud, President Donald Trump bucked the western trend. Monday he called Erdogan to "congratulate him on his recent referendum victory".

Other congratulatory calls to Erdogan include non- state actors with ties to terrorism, Qatar and Azerbaijan.

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