SAT-7 Condemns Vandalism of Armenian Churches in Turkey

Saint Gregory the Illuminator Church of Galata, the church in Istanbul that had a cross removed. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

On the program WorldView, SAT-7 TURK condemned the recent vandalism of Armenian churches in Turkey.

Turkey recently rejected the US State Department’s report, which placed them on a “Special Watch List” for a lack of religious freedom. Religious and ethnic minorities in Turkey continue to face threats and violence.

The vandalized churches are part of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is the national church of the Armenian people. Turkey still does not acknowledge the Armenian genocide between 1914 and 1923.

Joe Willey, Marketing and Communications Manager with SAT-7 North America, says, “Two churches were vandalized in Istanbul. The first church suffered an arson attempt. After the arson attempt, another church was vandalized and had [a] cross removed. The suspect [of the first incident] reportedly made a statement to authorities blaming non-Muslims for the COVID-19 pandemic.”

COVID-19 has caused a lot of fear and uncertainty in Turkey and other countries, Willey says. “A loss of jobs, a weakened economy, and a disruption of normal routines have created a climate of stress.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for Christians in MENA facing persecution and other difficult challenges, and pay attention to stories coming out of this region to direct you prayers.
  • Pray that Turkey will experience a reconciliation between racial and religious groups.