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Christian cleric dodges assault in Turkey´s west
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 03 Apr 2011 Sun 10:55 pm

Christian cleric dodges assault in Turkey´s west

A police officer questions a witness after an attack bid on a pastor in İzmir. DHA photo

A police officer questions a witness after an attack bid on a pastor in İzmir

A foreign pastor in İzmir escaped possible harm Friday after a Turkish man shouting ultranationalist slogans fired blank shots into the air before being subdued by bystanders when he allegedly reached for a concealed BB gun.

Andrew Craig Brunson, the general-secretary of the Diriliş (Resurrection) Church Association in the Aegean province, was standing in front of the organization’s building when the suspect, identified only as M.A.E., approached and started shouting anti-missionary slogans. Brunson and passersby helped restrain the would-be assailant after he tried to extract an extra gun hidden in a bag.

“I have been living in Turkey for years,” said Brunson, whose nationality was not released. “My children were born here and they are growing up [here]. This is the first time I have experienced anything like this. I love Turkey, we have good relations with our neighbors.”

The İzmir Police Department’s anti-terror branch was continuing its questioning of M.A.E. as the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review went to print late Sunday.

Turkish media have reported that the individual is an extreme nationalist based on his Facebook status updates and his membership in various online groups.

Writing a Facebook status update a few hours before his alleged attack, M.A.E. said, “The imperialists who carry out missionary acts will remove their bloody hands from my country.”

In another update, M.A.E. quoted the outlawed Turkish Revenge Brigades, or TİT, and listed several associations whom he accused of conducting missionary activities.

 

Attacks against Christian clerics in Turkey

Christian religious figures have been the target of a spate of attacks in recent years, many of them deadly.

Last month, Istanbul police apprehended two men who allegedly planned to assassinate a priest in the city’s district of Fatih.

Previous attacks, however, resulted in a number of fatalities throughout the country.

* Italian priest Andrea Santoro was shot and killed at his church in Trabzon on Feb. 5, 2006, by a 16-year-old identified only as O.A.

* Three missionaries were tortured and killed at Zirve Publishing House in Malatya on April 18, 2007. Authorities continue to investigate the matter, which is believed to be an act of the “deep state,” rather than a group of independent fanatics. The latest Ergenekon raids last week were related to the investigation.

* Italian Pontiff Luigi Padovese was stabbed and killed by his driver in İskenderun on June 15, 2010.

Not : I condemn that individual attact to that Christian Cleric, This sort of attacts are performed by some brain-washed people who are not representing nobel Turkish Nation. Those sort of attackers represent their masters who are trying to create the caos in this country. We , as Turks always respect other´s religions and beliefs.


 

 

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2.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 07 Apr 2011 Thu 02:30 pm

 

Quoting tunci

“I have been living in Turkey for years,” said Brunson, whose nationality was not released. “My children were born here and they are growing up [here]. This is the first time I have experienced anything like this. I love Turkey, we have good relations with our neighbors.”

Not : I condemn that individual attact to that Christian Cleric, This sort of attacts are performed by some brain-washed people who are not representing nobel Turkish Nation. Those sort of attackers represent their masters who are trying to create the caos in this country. We , as Turks always respect other´s religions and beliefs.


 

 

 

 Thanks, Tunci for the nice comment. I met Andrew and his wife when they first came, we were all new together I recall, and they seemed very nice people who just wanted to live with Turks and help them.

3.       scalpel
1472 posts
 07 Apr 2011 Thu 03:20 pm

 

Quoting tunci

We , as Turks always respect other´s religions and beliefs.

 

Some of us don´t and unfortunately they are growing in number day by day.

4.       Hindistan
246 posts
 07 Apr 2011 Thu 03:23 pm

[Not : I condemn that individual attact to that Christian Cleric, This sort of attacts are performed by some brain-washed people who are not representing nobel Turkish Nation. Those sort of attackers represent their masters who are trying to create the caos in this country. We , as Turks always respect other´s religions and beliefs.]

 

You are right Tunci these people don´t have their own brain. They are the people who does´nt want to see peace and harmony among humans.

5.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 07 Apr 2011 Thu 04:04 pm

I have spent a lot of time in Turkey.  I am happy that I have never had any problems regarding my religion.  I am a Christian and have never even had so much as a hostile comment made toward me.  I find that most Turkish people who I am friends with are genuinely curious about the differences in my beliefs V. their beliefs.  I have had more than a few friendly debates about it as well.  I do understand what you mean though, tunci, when you want people to know that not all Turks feel hostility toward Christians.  I would like to say the same to our Muslim classmates that not all westerners fear them or dislike them.  It is the radical crazy people on both sides of this issue that seem to get all the attention and it makes it look like we are always fighting eachother.  In some ways, I think the media fuels this conflict and makes people feel like the "others" are against us.   

6.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 08 Apr 2011 Fri 01:40 pm

I have to say that I have heard negative comments about Jewish people in Turkey, before they realized that was my background. I can´t say I heard negative comments about Christians. I think everywhere around the world discrimination and racism is growing, and its a troubling trend.

7.       Nanou
36 posts
 08 Apr 2011 Fri 03:10 pm

Not : I condemn that individual attact to that Christian Cleric, This sort of attacts are performed by some brain-washed people who are not representing nobel Turkish Nation. Those sort of attackers represent their masters who are trying to create the caos in this country. We , as Turks always respect other´s religions and beliefs.

 

I´m sorry about what happens in Turkey, but we have sometimes the same in Egypt, and unfortunately some people don´t understand that there´re people who are trying to make the islam´s image bad, and this is not the true face of muslim people nor countries...i hope everything will be back to normal...NO TO RACISM!!

8.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 08 Apr 2011 Fri 04:35 pm

 

Quoting Nanou

Not : I condemn that individual attact to that Christian Cleric, This sort of attacts are performed by some brain-washed people who are not representing nobel Turkish Nation. Those sort of attackers represent their masters who are trying to create the caos in this country. We , as Turks always respect other´s religions and beliefs.

 

I´m sorry about what happens in Turkey, but we have sometimes the same in Egypt, and unfortunately some people don´t understand that there´re people who are trying to make the islam´s image bad, and this is not the true face of muslim people nor countries...i hope everything will be back to normal...NO TO RACISM!!

 

 Egypt is another unique place in the middle east where Christians and Muslims usually live together in relative peace.  I am of the opinion that religion is being used all around the world by politicians and the media as a way to gain power.  I don´t really think the average person in either of these countries wants to hurt people of the opposite religion.  I do think that politicians are purposely fueling the flames of fanatics and using the media to create mass hysteria.  In my opinion it is the politicians and the media who have blood on their hands as well people who commit these crimes. 

 

What I find MOST shocking is that people who call themselves religious leaders are also fueling these fires!   What do people think about religious leaders that call on their followers to hurt people?  Do people realize how insane this is?



Edited (4/8/2011) by Elisabeth

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9.       Nanou
36 posts
 08 Apr 2011 Fri 05:13 pm

I tottally agree with Elisabeth...and everyone, MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN, have to know that!! and stop acusing the wrong persons, and even some people are trying to use religion in a bad way we shouldn´t empower them with racism between normal people!! we have to stand up and say NO, and when they see that their efforts are useless then they´ll stop and we´ll be living happily together again...i don´t have any problem with any religion, i respect everyone who has principles, who treats people good...and that´s what matters at the end!! The whole world need a new culture and education i think!!

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