Lest we forget, Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan is Obama's number one ally, "his most trusted" friend. Erdogan, the man who hurled Turkey back centuries and rendered Ataturk a blip on the proverbial historical landscape.
A request to build a Christian church in Turkey's capital of Ankara (where none exists) was denied by the Erdogon government. Instead, another mosque will be built where the church had requested permission to build. But of course.
School me in that interfaith dialogue and mutual respect again.
Menis gives us this:
BRIEF TRANSLATION:Nikos Cheiladakis a greek blogger and Turkologist monitoring the Turkish press reports that in the Turkish newspaper CUMHURIET in May 6 ,2013 there was an article reporting the rejection by the Turkish authorities of the request by christian groups to build a church in a suburb of Ankara eventhough the area was designated for a church recently.Ankara has 3000 mosques and no church for christian worship. The Turkish Religious Authority decided to build a Mosque instead in that area ,along with 3 others in other areas.Then the blogger comments tha this is in contrast to the demand by the Turkish Prime minister for a Mosque to be built in Athens Greece to which the Greek government agreed . The attitude of many greek municipalities to build Mosques to accommodate the muslim immigrants is not reciprocated by Turkey.The greek people must take this into consideration.NOTE: there is a photo of the article in the Turkish newspaper CUMHURIET with a minaret, which the blogger refers to.
Here is the google translation from the Greek newspaper:
In Ankara ban CHURCH WHILE LOOK mosque in Athens. Written by Nick Chiladakis (hat tip Menis)
As a major Turkish challenge comes the news from Ankara where according revealing article in the Turkish newspaper, Cumhuriyet, 6/5, the request Christian inhabitants of the Turkish PROTEUS erected a Christian church as there is no church in the capital of Turkey, not only rejected by local authorities, but in the same place he had chosen for the construction of the church will eventually erected another mosque. The scandal becomes extensive as well as state information in the Turkish capital already exist and operate 3,000 mosques while no Christian church for Christians who are in Ankara. For this reason, some time ago asked the mayoralty Çankaya, a suburb of the Turkish capital, the permission to built a church. Indeed was selected and the location for the construction of the first Christian church ...
in the Turkish capital. This site, as the same Turkish newspaper, was in Kırkkonaklar in an area that was sold to the so-called "Association of Independent Churches" representing the Christians of Ankara.
But once it became known the matter immediately epenevike the Directorate of Religious Affairs of Turkey, (something akin to our own Archdiocese) and after intervention not only stopped the process for the construction of the unique church would be built in the Turkish capital, but in the same area decided to ... erected another mosque adds to the already 3,000 mosques operating in Ankara. Indeed, according to statements by the Turkish newspaper Metin Tasigül, representative of religious authority in Turkey, after coordinated actions have already started the configuration space into an area 4,407 square kilometers for construction of a new grand mosque that dominates the area.
The Turkish newspaper also reports that the religious authority in Turkey was sent to three other areas of the Turkish capital for the construction of a new mosque and finally selected the area where Kırkkonaklar however, as it was known, had requested the Christians to Ankara construction of the only Christian church that would serve the religious duties of the Turkish capital.
It's definitely big scandal this fact is the same period when Islamist Mr Erdogan demanded that the Greek prime minister rapid construction of a mosque in Athens and at the same time that several mayors tourkolagnoi devise plans to fill with Muslim minarets municipalities.
Everyone knows them that not only is there no Christian church in the Turkish capital and even the request for the construction of the unique Christian church not only rejected by local authorities, but in the same area that had been chosen for the Christian church will erect another mosque ? We will see what they will say all these "progressives" that by cutting on religious freedoms for the fact that in the Turkish capital banned the construction of the only Christian church?