Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Alarm in Turkey over violence against Christians

Alarm in Turkey over violence against Christians (SETimes.com)
Christians in Turkey face hostility not only from Islamic extremists, but also from ultranationalists who see their presence as a threat to national security. Popular TV serials such as "The Valley of the Wolves" portray missionaries as agents in a plot by global powers to undermine Islam and the Turkish nation. It was a TV show that reportedly inspired Franchini's assailant.

The wave of attacks -- and particularly the murders in Malatya -- has have shocked many Turks. A majority Muslim but secular country, Turkey prides itself on religious tolerance. The government and nearly all political groups strongly condemned the brutal death of the missionaries.

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