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Judge Releases Minor Who Threatened Pastor    Published in 2008
Pastor Orhan Picaklar ISTANBUL, January 8 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish judge in the Black Sea coastal city of Samsun on Sunday (January 6) set free a minor who confessed to making telephone death threats against a pastor and his church, a day ....
ISTANBUL, January 2 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish police authorities over the weekend arrested a young suspect allegedly plotting to assassinate a Christian pastor in Antalya during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Pastor Ramazan Arkan, 30, ....
Catholic Priest Stabbed    Published in 2007
ISTANBUL, December 17 (Compass Direct News) – A 19-year-old Muslim youth stabbed an Italian priest in the stomach yesterday after Sunday services outside a Catholic church in Turkey. Father Adriano Franchini, 65, was hospitalized overnight in the ....
ISTANBUL, December 11 (Compass Direct News) – Reacting to a storm of media reporting seriously flawed conduct by state prosecutors in Malatya, the Turkish Interior Ministry last weekend opened a judicial investigation into alleged collusion of ....
Kidnapped Priest Freed    Published in 2007
Father Edip Daniel SavciISTANBUL, November 30 (Compass Direct News) – A Syrian Orthodox priest kidnapped in southeastern Turkey Wednesday (November 28) walked free from his captors this afternoon, a church source said. Father Edip Daniel Savci, 42, ....
Turan Topal and Hakan Tastan at courtSILIVRI, Turkey, November 30 (Compass Direct News) – Bowing to demands of prosecution lawyers, yesterday the judge presiding over a contrived case against two Turkish converts to Christianity for “insulting ....
Father Edip Daniel Savci                    (Photo: Gabi Afram)ISTANBUL, November 29 (Compass Direct News) – Kidnappers of a Syrian Orthodox priest ....
Observers question plaintiffs' lawyersMALATYA, Turkey, November 27 (Compass Direct News) – At the opening day trial of three Christians tortured and killed here in April, attorneys for the bereft families accused prosecutors of “sloppy” ....
Malatya Murder Trial Set to Open    Published in 2007
Necati Aydin, Tilmann Geske and Ugur Yuksel ISTANBUL, November 5 (Compass Direct News) – Malatya’s Third Criminal Court has set November 23 to open the trial of the confessed murderers of Turkish convert Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and a ....
LOS ANGELES, October 5 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish Protestants have reported increasing attacks and threats in recent months despite claims by President Abdullah Gul this week that Christians in Turkey are not targeted. Believers told Compass ....
New Judge Prolongs Converts’ Trial    Published in 2007
LOS ANGELES, October 4 (Compass Direct News) – A new judge has prolonged the case of two Turkish converts to Christianity after his predecessor resigned under pressure from the plaintiffs’ ultranationalist lawyer. At a September 26 hearing, his ....
Esther, Semse and Elisha AydinISTANBUL, October 1 (Compass Direct News) – Last Sunday night on the way home from church services, a sad little voice came from the back seat of the car. “Mommy, I miss my Daddy so much. Can’t Jesus bring him back to ....
Christians Aydin, Geske and YukselISTANBUL, September 28 (Compass Direct News) – An e-mail message to several Turkish Protestant leaders in June surfaced in the Turkish press last week, revealing the names of Malatya officials alleged to have ....
Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal LOS ANGELES, September 14 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish judge announced his withdrawal this week from the case of two Christians charged with “insulting Turkishness.” Judge Neset Eren said at a hearing on Wednesday ....
Christians Face Ongoing Intimidation    Published in 2007
Arsonist Semih Sahin shooting into the airISTANBUL, September 4 (Compass Direct News) – Police in Turkey’s western city of Izmit have arrested a man who set a fire early yesterday morning at the entrance of the local Protestant church and then shot ....
Turan Topal and Hakan Tastan ISTANBUL, July 19 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish state prosecutor demanded acquittal yesterday for two Turkish Christians on trial for “insulting Turkishness” under the nation’s controversial Article 301. State ....
Hakan Tastan at Necati Aydin's funeralISTANBUL, July 3 (Compass Direct News) – In a bizarre twist in the criminal prosecution of two Turkish Christians for “insulting Turkish identity,” an administrative district authority in Istanbul has ordered ....
May 22 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish newspapers have started leaking extensive details from secret police interrogations of the last of five suspects charged with murdering three Christians in Malatya last month. In one of the most alarming ....
Four Street Evangelists Jailed    Published in 2007
David Byle ISTANBUL, April 27 (Compass Direct News) – Police jailed four Christian street evangelists in Istanbul for “missionary activity” this week, even as government officials openly defended the right of all religious groups to carry out ....
Necati Aydin, Tilman Geske & Ugur YukselISTANBUL, April 19 (Compass Direct News) – In a gruesome assault against Turkey’s tiny Christian community, five young Muslim Turks entered a Christian publishing office in the southeastern province of ....
Fr. Santoro's family and Catholic ClergyTRABZON, Turkey, February 6 (Compass Direct News) – Turkey’s Catholics extended reconciliation to this tense Black Sea city yesterday, exactly one year after a local teenager shot an Italian priest while he ....
Heightened Security at January 29 Trial ISTANBUL, January 31 (Compass Direct News) – Strict security controls surrounded the second court hearing for two Turkish Christians facing criminal charges for insulting Turkish identity under the ....
Church Vandalized, Pastor Threatened    Published in 2007
Windows destroyed by vandalsISTANBUL, January 30 (Compass Direct News) – Assailants on Turkey’s Black Sea coast vandalized a Protestant church this weekend, days after nationalists from the region murdered a well-known Armenian journalist. Attackers ....
Armenian Patriarch Mesrob IIDecember 12 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has blocked a key piece of reform legislation passed last month to broaden religious freedoms in Turkey. A staunch secularist, Sezer sent the ....
Cameramen at Press CenterDecember 8 (Compass Direct News) – Pope Benedict XVI is still soaking up the success of last week’s historic trip to Turkey, but Orthodox Christian volunteer workers say that beneath the surface of the four-day visit was a ....
Pope Benedict XVIDecember 7 (Compass Direct News) – In a year that saw eight violent attacks on Christians in Turkey and widespread uproar over a papal speech deemed derogatory to Islam, many Turkish Catholics worried that Pope Benedict XVI’s visit ....
Pope Benedict XVI in TurkeyDecember 6 (Compass Direct News) – Ankara’s top government religious official accused Pope Benedict XVI yesterday of “doing injustice to Turkey” by declaring after his historic visit to Turkey last week that the country’s ....
Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal with PressNovember 27 (Compass Direct News) – A criminal trial against two Turkish Christians accused of “insulting Turkishness” and inciting hatred against Islam grabbed national media coverage as religious tensions ....
Attackers Firebomb Protestant Church    Published in 2006
Pastor Mehmet Sahin Coban November 9 (Compass Direct News) – Unidentified assailants hurled six Molotov cocktails at a Protestant place of worship in western Turkey last Saturday (November 4), breaking windows and inflicting minor damages on the ....
Converts Charged under Speech Law    Published in 2006
Turan Topal and Hakan TastanOctober 31 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish prosecutor slapped criminal charges against two converts to Christianity earlier this month, accusing them of “insulting Turkishness,” inciting hatred against Islam and ....
Teenager Sentenced for Murdering Priest    Published in 2006
Bishop Luigi Padovese, apostolic vicar of Anatolia October 11 (Compass Direct News) – Eight months after an Italian Catholic priest was shot to death in his church along Turkey’s Black Sea coast, the Trabzon Criminal Court yesterday sentenced his ....
July 19 (Compass Direct News) – Nationalists in Turkey’s northern city of Samsun have stepped up a two-year campaign against a Protestant church, denouncing in the media the legally registered congregation’s right to exist.Izzet Altunbas, chairman ....
Catholic Priest Knifed in North    Published in 2006
Father Pierre Brunissen July 5 (Compass Direct) – A schizophrenic with a history of feeding Turkish media false rumors of proselytizing by Father Pierre Brunissen knifed the elderly French Catholic priest on Sunday night (July 2), though the lead ....
Ismet and Gonul GunyelApril 20 (Compass Direct) – Fanned by local media and a Muslim mufti, an anti-missionary witch-hunt targeting Christians in Turkey’s eastern city of Bingol left a Muslim woman beaten in her tailor shop last month while police ....
German Christians Barred    Published in 2006
April 13 (Compass Direct) – Denied a work permit for being a “threat for the national security,” a German Christian believes that his family’s openly Christian activities prompted Turkey to label them missionaries and deny them entrance in February. ....
Vahit Yildiz (left) at Bursa bookstallMarch 17 (Compass) – In a country where media often portray the tiny Protestant community negatively, some news organizations here took notice when Muslims threatened Christians at a book fair last week. ....
St. Antoine’s Catholic ChurchMarch 16 (Compass) – A Turkish Muslim shouting insults against Christianity pulled a long butcher knife on two priests and a group of teenagers last Saturday evening (March 11) at a Latin Catholic church in Mersin, ....
Pelatre (left) and Lucibello distribute the Eucharist February 10 (Compass) – Amid global debate about cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad first printed in Denmark, Muslims and Christians came together in Istanbul yesterday for the memorial ....
Catholic Priest Gunned Down    Published in 2006
February 7 (Compass) – A 16-year-old assailant shot and killed an Italian Catholic priest in the Turkish city of Trabzon on Sunday, shouting the opening phrase of the Muslim call to prayer before he fled the scene. Father Andrea Santoro, 60, was ....
Convert Christian Beaten Unconscious    Published in 2006
Adana church January 20 (Compass) – Five young men attacked and threatened to kill a Protestant church leader in Turkey’s fourth largest city after Sunday worship services January 8. Kamil Kiroglu, 29, was beaten unconscious twice along the street ....
Yakup Cindilli in court in 2004December 19 (Compass) – For the third time in six months, Turkish Christian Yakup Cindilli in has failed to appear at court hearings against the ultra-nationalists who beat him into a coma two years ago for ....
Vandalism at St. Paul'sDecember 2 (Compass) – Turkey’s Protestant Christian minorities experienced fresh harassment this past week from both security police and the judiciary, along with an attempt by vandals to set on fire one local church. Last ....
October 26 (Compass) – A family of four Iranian converts to Christianity received a last-minute reprieve from forcible deportation back to Iran by Turkish authorities over the past week. The exceptional turnaround was attributed to direct U.S. ....
October 11 (Compass) – A family of Iranian converts to Christianity faces jail time, the death sentence and the forced marriage of their daughter if Turkish authorities forcibly deport them back to Iran next week after nearly three years of failed ....
September 30 (Compass) – The unchecked passions of two young Greek Orthodox Christians in rural Turkey last month showed how a single misstep can result in the persecution of the larger community. More than 100 residents of the Turkish village of ....
Yakup CindilliSeptember 19 (Compass) -- State medical examiners in Istanbul have been ordered to provide a second opinion in October on whether Turkish Christian Yakup Cindilli sustained permanent damage from being beaten into a coma by nationalists ....
Protestants Face Personal Abuse    Published in 2005
August 30 (Compass) -- Bektas Erdogan never expected his Christian faith of 11 years to jeopardize his career as a fashion designer in Turkey. Hired five months ago by a designer jeans company in the Beyazit district of Istanbul, Erdogan was assured ....
Yakup CindilliJune 30 (Compass) -- A criminal court in northwestern Turkey will assess new medical reports next week on the condition of Turkish Christian Yakup Cindilli, still recovering from severe injuries inflicted by ultra-nationalists accusing ....
June 22 (Compass) -- For the past six months, both Islamist and nationalist circles in Turkey have launched strident broadsides against what even state officials are calling “dangerous” Christian activities. In the context of a conservative backlash ....
June 22 (Compass) -- Intelligence agencies within the Turkish state have concluded in a new report that Christian missionary activities inside the country have a second motive, parallel to their spread of Christian propaganda. According to a June 11 ....
June 7 (Compass) -- In step with months of intense media focus on missionary activities in Turkey, the government’s Religious Affairs Directorate coordinated a symposium this spring in conjunction with a local university to present academic research ....
Protestants Seek Legal Status    Published in 2005
Besiktas Protestant Church June 7 (Compass) -- On Istanbul’s official municipality site map, the Besiktas Protestant Church is marked in green, signifying a building used for religious purposes. So for all practical purposes, it is clear that the ....
Protestants Face Wave of Attacks    Published in 2005
Swastika painted on pastor's doorMay 19 (Compass) -- A Protestant pastor in the Turkish industrial city of Izmit woke up yesterday morning to find a huge red swastika painted on his apartment door, with a handwritten hate letter shoved underneath. ....
Council Approves Church Zoning Status    Published in 2004
November 18 (Compass) -- A committee acting under the Turkish Ministry of Culture has approved legal zoning of the Diyarbakir Evangelical Church, granting formal approval for the first new Protestant church to be built in southeastern Turkey since ....
Council Approves Church Zoning Status    Published in 2004
Pastor Ahmet GuvenerNovember 18 (Compass) — After three years of repeated stonewalling, a Diyarbakir committee under the Turkish Ministry of Culture has dropped all objections and approved legal zoning of the Diyarbakir Evangelical Church.The ....
Deranged Turk Attacks Diyarbakir Church    Published in 2004
Burned room at Diyarbakir churchAugust 9 (Compass) — An apparently deranged young Turk barricaded himself inside the Diyarbakir Evangelical Church in southeast Turkey on July 19, breaking windows and setting fire to curtains, Bibles and cassette ....
Yakup Cindilli at court in JanuaryAugust 18 (Compass) — Nine months after he was beaten into a coma by ultra-nationalists opposed to his conversion to Christianity, Turkish Christian Yakup Cindilli has for the first time managed to make personal ....
August 18 (Compass) — Nine months after he was beaten into a prolonged coma by ultra-nationalists opposed to his conversion to Christianity, Yakup Cindilli, 33, has for the first time made personal contact with Protestant Christian acquaintances in ....
Deranged Turk Attacks Diyarbakir Church    Published in 2004
Smoke finally forced him to surrenderAugust 9 — An apparently deranged young Turk barricaded himself inside the Diyarbakir Evangelical Church in southeast Turkey on July 19, breaking windows and setting fire to curtains, Bibles and cassette tapes ....
Deranged Turk Attacks Diyarbakir Church    Published in 2004
August 9 (Compass) — An apparently deranged young Turk barricaded himself inside the Diyarbakir Evangelical Church in southeast Turkey on July 19, breaking windows and setting fire to curtains, Bibles and cassette tapes until dense smoke finally ....
Soner Onder Freed from Jail    Published in 2004
July 6 (Compass) — Soner Onder walked out of a high-security Turkish prison on June 22, a free man, reported Open Doors on June 23. To the day, it was 12 years and six months after his arrest as a 17-year-old teenager. Now 31, Soner walked into the ....
June 14 (Compass) — Zoning status recognizing the Diyarbakir Evangelical Church as an official place of worship has been rejected by a local committee of the Turkish Ministry of Culture. Pastor Ahmet Guvener was informed last month that Turkish law ....
Pastor Acquitted of Criminal Charges    Published in 2004
May 13 (Compass) — In what the Hurriyet newspaper called a “jet acquittal,” a criminal court in southeastern Turkey dropped all charges yesterday against a Protestant pastor accused of opening an “illegal” church. Pastor Ahmet Guvener was fully ....
TV Producer Sentenced to Jail    Published in 2004
April 16 (Compass) — The producer and host of a Turkish TV news show was sentenced to nearly two years in jail last week for airing false provocations against Turkish Protestants. On April 5, a panel of judges ruled that Kerim Akbas’ programs on ....
Court Opens New Case Against Pastor    Published in 2004
April 8 (Compass) — A criminal court in southeast Turkey has for the second time pressed charges against Pastor Ahmet Guvener of the Diyarbakir Evangelical Church, this time accusing him of “opening an illegal church.” Guvener will stand trial for ....
March 26 (Compass) — On March 25, a criminal court in northwestern Turkey postponed trial hearings against ultra-nationalists accused of severely injuring a Protestant Christian for distributing New Testaments and doing “missionary propaganda.” In a ....
Crippled Christian Testifies in Court    Published in 2004
February 13 (Compass) — Four months after a Turkish convert to Christianity was beaten into a coma for distributing New Testaments, the crippled victim appeared in court yesterday. Yakup Cindilli managed to walk into the Orhangazi Courthouse, ....
Yakup Cindilli in courtFour months after a Turkish convert to Christianity was beaten into a coma for distributing New Testaments in his hometown in northwestern Turkey, the crippled victim appeared in court yesterday to identify his accused ....
Court Releases Jailed Attackers    Published in 2004
January 15 (Compass) -- A judge of the Orhangazi Criminal Court in northwestern Turkey released two young nationalists jailed on assault-and-battery charges against a convert to Christianity. The decision was based on a hospital report on the ....
(Compass) -- After being beaten into a coma three months ago for alleged “missionary propaganda,” Turkish Christian Yakup Cindilli has been slowly improving from a nearly helpless state. Cindilli, 32, was hospitalized the third week of October after ....
(Compass) — Seven months after the newly constructed Diyarbakir Evangelical Church opened in southeast Turkey, a local council under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism again protested the building’s use as a place of worship. Pastor Ahmet Guvener ....
Court Releases Alleged Attacker    Published in 2003
(Compass) — Nearly a month after three suspects were jailed for severely injuring a Turkish Christian distributing so-called “missionary propaganda,” a court in northwest Turkey ordered one of the attackers released. Metin Yildiran, president of the ....
(Compass) — An American English teacher at an Istanbul university has filed a 40.5 billion Turkish lira ($27,500) slander case against a Turkish newspaper for publishing a series of false charges against him. Hans Chabra, 40, was accused by the ....
Attackers Critically Injure Christian    Published in 2003
(Compass) — A Turkish convert to Christianity was severely beaten for distributing New Testaments in his hometown of Orhangazi in northwestern Turkey. He later slipped into a coma and remains in critical condition. Yakup Cindilli, 32, was ....
(Compass) — Two months after Deniz Kasan and Turgay Papakci said their wedding vows before 200 relatives and friends at the Istanbul Presbyterian Church, the bride’s application to change her religious identity was refused. Her local population ....
(Compass) — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Istanbul stepped up his public campaign with the Turkish government petitioning for the reopening of the prestigious Halki Theological School. August meetings between Bartholomew, Foreign Minister ....
(Compass) — A final ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is expected by early autumn on the long-delayed appeal against the criminal conviction of Soner Onder, a Turkish citizen of Syrian Catholic heritage. Now 29, Onder was ....
(Compass) -- Protestant pastor Ahmet Guvener was acquitted February 3 of making illegal architectural alterations to a building designed to serve as his congregation’s worship and ministry center in southeast Turkey. Last May, Guvener was put on ....
(Compass) -- Three years after a Turkish Protestant congregation began meeting for worship, the local state prosecutor dropped pending criminal charges against its activities. Last year, the local governor accused the pastor of the Ephesus ....
(Compass) — Relatives and church representatives made up a joyful airport welcoming committee for the Mahmoud Erfani family, three-and-one-half years after the former Muslims fled persecution in Iran. “The Erfanis arrived safely in Toronto amid ....
(Compass) — The Canadian Embassy in Ankara interviewed for a second time in three months an Iranian Christian family stranded in central Turkey, igniting hopes that Canada might grant them religious asylum. Mahmoud Erfani, his wife and their three ....
Pastor Granted Building Permit    Published in 2002
(Compass) — Government officials have approved the revised architectural plan for a Protestant worship center under construction in Diyarbakir, allowing work to resume at the building site on July 30. Nevertheless Pastor Ahmet Guvener still faces ....
Turkish Pastor Granted Building Permit    Published in 2002
Government officials in Diyarbakir accepted a revised architectural plan this month for a building under construction to become the worship and ministry centre of a small Protestant congregation in the city. A crew of seven workmen resumed work ....
Christian Acquitted of Slander Charges    Published in 2002
(Compass) — A Turkish Christian facing up to a year in jail for an alleged insult against Islam was acquitted on June 26 by a criminal court in southeastern Turkey. Diyarbakir’s Fourth Criminal Court ordered all charges dropped against Kemal Timur, ....
(Compass) — Turkish security police ordered a Protestant Christian congregation meeting for 40 years in the southeastern port city of Iskenderun to close its doors in mid June, declaring the church had “no legal basis” and that its activities were ....
(Compass) — Police authorities in central Turkey renewed for six months the expired residence permits of the stranded Erfani family, showing them a document from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) headquarters in Ankara ....
Bomb Threat Against Ankara Church    Published in 2002
(Compass) - In the wake of the deadly attack against an international church in Pakistan in mid March, Turkey put its security police on high alert around churches and synagogues. Turkish authorities specified that Islamic militants had threatened ....
Iranian Christian Family Faces Quandary    Published in 2002
(Compass) - The Canadian Embassy in Ankara turned down an Iranian Christian family’s immigration application in late April, closing the last known option for religious asylum for former Muslims Mahmoud and Atefeh Erfani and their three daughters. ....
Pastor Put on Trial    Published in 2002
(Compass) - Protestant pastor Ahmet Guvener goes on trial in Diyarbakir in late May, accused by the state prosecutor of making illegal changes in the architectural plan of his nearly completed church building. If found guilty of the charges filed ....
(Compass) - Repeated attempts to intimidate Turkey’s small Protestant church groups surfaced during April in the wake of government inquiries begun six months ago into the legality of their designated places of worship. In the most overt ....
(Compass) - More than a dozen observers attended the sixth hearing of criminal charges against Turkish Christian Kemal Timur on February 5 in Diyarbakir’s 4th Criminal Court. Timur, 33, is accused of insulting Islam while distributing New Testaments ....
(Compass) - Under orders from the Turkish Interior Ministry, local authorities in nine provinces of Turkey have launched judicial proceedings questioning the legality of designated places of worship used by some 40 small Protestant church groups ....
(Compass) - The first modern Turkish translation of the complete Bible was realeased in early October to the Turkish public. The new millennium edition represents the first complete Bible translation since the 17th century in the Turkish language. ....
(Compass) - Criminal court hearings against a Turkish Christian accused of insulting Islam were delayed October 8 in Diyarbakir, where the defendant faces a possible jail sentence of six months to one year if found guilty. Police officers failed to ....
(Compass) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, has given the Turkish government until October 11 to submit written comments on its judicial review of the criminal conviction of Syrian Catholic Christian Soner Onder. ....
Court Releases Jailed Christian    Published in 2001
(Compass) - An Assyrian Christian, Ibrahim Konutgan, 27 and his Turkish companion, 18-year-old Bilal Gulec, were arrested and jailed on June 8 for taking home videos in an ancient churchyard in Turkey’s heavily militarized Southeast. They were both ....
(Compass) - The prime minister of Turkey promised to facilitate the return of Turkish citizens of Assyrian Christian origin to their ancient homelands in the Turkish Southeast in an official circular made public June 12. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit ....
Court Overturns Church Confiscation    Published in 2001
(Compass) - An Armenian church confiscated by Turkish authorities in late 1999 was returned to church possession by a court decision nearly 17 months later, the weekly Agos newspaper reported on May 11. The government claimed the Kirikhan church had ....
Christian Jailed Twice in Two Weeks    Published in 2001
(Compass) - A Turkish Christian jailed for six days over Easter weekend due to a police investigation into his religious activities was arrested again the following week in a neighboring city while distributing Christian literature. Gaziantep ....
Christians Refused Refugee Status    Published in 2001
(Compass) - An Iranian Christian family twice refused United Nations refugee status in Turkey was informed on May 7 that their case «does not merit reopening» for a third review. Together with his wife - who has advanced multiple sclerosis - and his ....
(Compass) - Two of three prosecution witnesses called to testify against a Turkish Christian accused of slandering Islam gave opposing statements before a Diyarbakir court on March 27. A third accuser failed to appear, despite a court summons. It ....
(Compass) - Due to ongoing months of tensions in Turkey’s prisons, no one except Soner Onder’s lawyer has been allowed to visit the Christian prisoner since late December. On December 28, an older sister was allowed to see him at the high-security ....
(Compass) - On March 23, Turkish security police ordered a Protestant Christian church in Gaziantep to stop meeting for worship in their purchased facilities. The police declared the group was violating national laws governing city zoning and public ....
(Compass) - A state security court in eastern Turkey acquitted Syrian Orthodox priest Yusuf Akbulut on charges of \"provoking religious enmity\" by his comments recorded and published last October in the Turkish media. The parish priest of St. ....
(Compass) - A Turkish Christian went on trial January 30 for allegedly insulting Islam and the prophet Mohammed. According to the indictment, Kemal Timur, 32, had made the alleged insults on May 1, 2000, while distributing New Testaments in front of ....
(Compass) - A Syrian Orthodox parish priest in eastern Turkey publicly rejected charges in late December that he had \"provoked hatred and religious enmity\" by telling local reporters that his Christian minority community had been victims of ....
Protestant Church Granted Legal Status    Published in 2001
(Compass) - Fourteen months after the Istanbul Protestant Church filed for legal status as a religious foundation, Turkey’s highest court overruled all previous appeals, giving a green light to establishing the first legally recognized Turkish ....
Priest Faces Criminal Charges    Published in 2000
(Compass) - Father Yusuf Akbulut, a Syrian Orthodox priest in eastern Turkey, stands trial December 21 on charges that he had publicly confirmed that his Christian community had been among the victims of the alleged Armenian genocide instigated by ....
(Compass) - Six Turks and two expatriates have been charged by a Turkish court with opening a Christian training institute without legal permission. If convicted, they face a potential jail sentence of 18 months to three years. Police arrested the ....
Newspaper Slanders Christian Publishers    Published in 2000
(Compass) - An Ankara-based Christian publishing company for children opened a court case in early October against a Turkish newspaper for misrepresenting the truth about the company and its activities. Kucak Publishing Company demanded a formal ....
Convert Appeals Expulsion from Military    Published in 2000
(Compass) - Ozgur Yalcin was shocked to get a terse notice of his dismissal from the Turkish armed forces on July 11, 1997. The letter cited vague reasons for his termination, but to his knowledge there was not a single record of disciplinary action ....
(Compass) - Ankara’s Directorate of Foundations has issued a final appeal to reverse a Supreme Court decision in June approving formation of the first Turkish Protestant church foundation. The June 9 ruling was a landmark decision granting the ....
(Compass) - In a landmark appeals hearing in June, Ankara’s Supreme Court approved the establishment of the first Christian foundation for a Turkish Protestant church in the nation’s history. The June 9 ruling allows a Turkish evangelical church to ....
Istanbul Police Arrest Protestant Group    Published in 2000
(Compass) - Turkish police raided a Bible study group meeting in a registered place of worship in Istanbul on May 24, arresting six Turks and roughing up one of two foreign citizens. The eight men, including an Australian and an American, were kept ....
(Compass) - Two Turkish Christians imprisoned near Izmir for a month on concocted charges of insulting Islam were ordered released March 30, after prosecution witnesses admitted that local officials pressured them to sign prepared complaints. Judge ....
Two Christians Jailed    Published in 2000
(Compass) - Two Turkish Christians arrested while selling and distributing Christian literature near the southern port city of Izmir were refused bail on March 8, pending a court hearing on March 30. Ercan Sengul, 38, and Necati Aydin, 28, were ....
(Compass) - The conviction of a Syrian Catholic teenager for alleged participation in a Kurdish terrorist attack nine years ago will be due for review in March or April by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. Soner Onder, now 27, ....
State Confiscates Armenian Church    Published in 2000
(Compass) - Turkish officials seized the property of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Orthodox Church in Kirikhan in Turkey’s southern Hatay province on November 22, 1999. Two officials presented church board chairman Abbut Mardikyan with a ....
(Compass) - Fourteen weeks after Izmir security police sealed the doors of a Turkish Protestant church and arrested 40 of its members, the Izmir Fellowship of Jesus Christ resumed legal meetings for public worship on December 19, despite an ...
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    video: 66 crudele male criminale Quranic Verses Inspired Satan koran prophet muhammad quran, 8:33" ---- max76689 8 months ago: Christians = satan. Islam is true. = John = 17:3. This is eternal life: that they may know You (God = Allah), the only true God. And Jesus Christ Whom you have sent. Christians worship messenger: O Wake Christians: Christians go to hell fire:-- ANSWER-- in truth, there is not a religious truth, which can be imposed: with the violence of law, because, the truth can be understood only by the power of the heart, that is love! when you, Muslims will stop: to hate, despise and judge honest people? (because it is by its fruit, which the tree is known) then, only then, you will learn to know God: personally!
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    God the Creator of the heavens and the earth and man said in the Holy Quran. (83) Say (O Muhammad): We believe in Allah (God) and That Which is revealed unto us and revealed unto Abraham and Ishmael That Which Was and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and That Which Was vouchsafed unto Moses and Jesus and Their prophets from the Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered. (84)Surah Al-E-Imran - ANSWER - IF YOU were doing the works of God and the prophets? you would never have killed innocent people (Christians), but Satan is your father, because you do the same works that murderer of Muhammad had done, in fact, you do not follow the teachings of Jesus, it is impossible for a Muslim to enter, in heaven if despise the Bible, or the Gospel, but many Muslims Satanists, they burn the Bible and the Gospel!
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    max76689 said: God says in the Quran: (74) The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. Both And they used to eat (earthly) food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away! (75) Surah Al-Maeda: in = jesus bible say = This is eternal life: that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom you have sent, but, Christians worship messenger. - ANSWER - you will not be condemned for being a Muslim, because Muslims good people? go to Heaven, you will be condemned, because, not having, received a divine revelation, you personally, as many Muslims, who have become Christians, you judge the infinite things of God, to do harm to innocent people on matters of conscience
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  • BrotherhoodUniversal
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    if you understand Christianity? then, also, you will be killed by the Muslims, because, in their eyes, you will always be, a blasphemer and idolater! but this is the truth, God has given free will, while satanaAllah, has captured:: taken it! se tu capisci il cristianesimo? poi, anche, tu sarai ucciso dai musulmani, perché, ai loro occhi, tu sarai sempre, un blasfemo ed idolatra! ma, questa è la verità, Dio ha dato il libero arbitrio, mentre, satanaAllah lo ha tolto!
  • BrotherhoodUniversal
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    Christians believe that God is love ... a love which suffers and shares: the penis of men, through the Messiah, Christ Jesus, there must be no violence or contempt on religion, the Prophet says, but, you kill innocent Christians martyrs: 300 every day!
  • BrotherhoodUniversal
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    TheLansoprazole Commento sul tuo video: 73 Robert Spencer Muhammad Islam Christians martyr persecution Terrorism Numbers 31:17-18 King James Version (KJV) 17- Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 18- But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. --ANSWER -- YOUR planet is the planet of the Satanic Illuminati of talmud: IMF FED ECB, 666, 322, or planet: of Salafis, Sharia law, for saudi imperialism, it is not my planet!!
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    youtube, my channel says I have 17 subscribers but when I click on it shows 2 or 3. what's going on? please help
  • BrotherhoodUniversal
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    Kain Warlike: all Cain 666 IMF CIA spammers: of synnek1: Satanism employer: international institutional Satanism. KainDarkullic has posted a comment: 6 hours ago said: "I am anger Under pressure Locked in cages, The first prisoner to escape I am wicked I am legion Strength in numbers, to lie The number is one that I see is Everything for me" --- ANSWER -- PROVERB ----"When men do not worship God? then, they end up worshiping the beasts! madness! "and in fact, he runs: around the world: with a condom: of donkey's dead: embalmed of Satan! the ultimate degradation of human nature? is betray its Creator! "Quando gli uomini non adorano Dio? poi, loro finiscono per adorare le bestie! pazzia!" ed infatti, lui gira: tutto il mondo : con un preservativo: di testa di asino morto: imbalsamato per satana! il massimo degrado della natura umana?, è tradire il proprio Creatore!