Hagia Sophias: From museums to mosques

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Turkey: Constitutional Court justifies more freedom of religion or belief restrictions

    Forum 18: Yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to an 18 April decision of the Constitutional Court (Anayasa Mahkemesi – AYM) concerning the constitutionality of the controversial 2012 Education Reform Law. The decision goes much wider than simply the field of education in schools: it establishes new jurisprudence on “Turkish secularism” (laiklik). This has important implications for the protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief in Turkey.


  • Posted: 07/12/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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Islam’s great challenge to Christian evangelism | Albert Mohler, Jr. at Baptist Press

    Albert Mohler, Jr. at Baptist Press: I criticize President Obama not for stating that America is not at war with Islam but for failing to be honest in clarifying that we do face a great civilizational challenge in Islam. Islam is, in effect, the single most vital competitor to Western ideals of civilization on the world scene. The logic of Islam is to bring every square inch of this planet under submission to the rule of the Quran. Classical Islam divides the world into the “World of Islam” and the “World of War.” In this latter world the struggle to bring society under submission to the Quran is still ongoing.


  • Posted: 07/08/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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Christendom’s Greatest Cathedral to Become a Mosque

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Turkish Blogger Sentenced to 13 Months in Prison for Criticizing Mohammed

Despite US efforts, famed Orthodox seminary remains closed in Turkey

Turkey: Amid Islamic Revival, What Right to Freedom from Religion?

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Renowned Turkish Pianist Given Suspended Sentence For Blasphemous Tweets

Turkish Pianist Sentenced for Twitter Postings

Turkey’s secularists worried by ‘gigantic’ new mosque

Islam Europe’s reality: Turkey’s EU minister

For the first time since the Great Schism, ecumenical patriarch to attend pope’s inaugural Mass

US, Israel slam Turkish PM’s remarks on Zionism

Christian Exodus from Syria Raises Hopes for Resurrection in Turkey

Turkey: Orthodox patriarch opposes plan to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

Turkey: Police break up plot to assassinate pastor

Turkey Agrees To Return Land To Famous Orthodox Seminary

Turkey Fines TV Station For Insulting Religious Beliefs Through Broadcast of Simpsons Episode

Hijab Allowed in Turkey Islamic Schools

Turkish Women on Trial for Protesting Plan to Restrict Abortion

Judicial ‘scandal’ clouds Turkey trial over the murder of three Christians

Turkey to block access to anti-Islam film

Prelate laments desecration of churches in Cyprus

ECHR agreed to examine north Turkey “gay ban” case

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Ancient monastery in Turkey faces destruction in anti-Christian lawsuit

Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

“Turkey: Abortion bill seeks middle ground”

Forced marriage to become criminal offense, David Cameron confirms

Greatest Church Soon To Be Mega Mosque?

Turkish pianist charged with insulting Islam

Turkish Muslims want the Hagia Sophia turned into mosque

Health minister: Turkey seeking curbs on abortions

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Turkey: Church seeks return of confiscated properties

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Orthodox leader urges greater religious freedom in Turkey

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Iran criticises Turkey’s ‘secular Islam’

Turkey: Price of opposing government is concentration camp

Eropean Court of Human Rights “fines Turkey in harassment case of transgender Esma Halat”

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The Jihad Against the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Christians

U.S. Ambassador engenders controversy regarding scope of Turkish Persecution of Christians

Piety And Pluralism: Liberal democracy can grow on Muslim soil if neither Islamists nor secular strongmen are allowed to mix religion with politics.

    WSJ.com: In its early phases, Mr. Akyol says, Islam was a religion “driven by merchants and their rational, vibrant and cosmopolitan mindset.” But ultimately “the more powerful classes of the Orient—the landlords, the soldiers and the peasants—became dominant, and a less rational and more static mindset began to shape the religion. The more trade declined, the more the Muslim mind stagnated.” Applying this historical lesson today, Mr. Akyol claims that “socioeconomic progress in Muslim societies” may change Islam itself—leading to progress in “religious attitudes, ideas, and even doctrines.”


  • Posted: 08/12/2011
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Tomb of St. Philip the Apostle Discovered in Turkey

Austrian MP Ewald Stadler adresses Turkish Ambassador

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