Turks Hold 'Anti-Islamophobia' Events in U.S. While Detaining U.S. Pastor in Turkey
Seyfi Genc, the Turkish journalist who first reported the detention of the couple, said that he is very concerned about the recent developments in the country.
“American-hatred and Jew-hatred are intensely promoted in Turkey,” said Genc. “Pro-government TV channels are filled with debate programs in which analysts repeat every day that behind everything bad is America. This paves the way for the targeting of Christian citizens. Christians are terrorized because they are labeled by both the government and the media as the ‘secret agents’ of the United States, Britain or Israel.”
Genc added that these developments have escalated following the July 15 coup attempt.
“All other pastors who have recently been deported are also U.S. citizens. It seems that the deportation of American pastors from Turkey is retaliation by the Turkish government for the U.S. government not extraditing Fethullah Gulen,” whom the Turkish government accuses of being behind the abortive coup.
“I know this is so illogical, but Turkey can even see its own Christian citizens as hostages,” said Genc. “Turkey demands other countries give their Muslim citizens new rights but Turkey itself does not give its own Christian citizens their legal rights.”
Genc, who works for the Turkish Christian news channel SAT-7 TURK, which covers Christian-related news, added that it is difficult to cover stories about Christians in Turkey “as pastors often avoid making statements about rights violations. They think that their comments could be interpreted as ‘political.’”
There are only about 10,000 Protestant Christians in Turkey.
But, they have been exposed to discrimination and persecution for a long time, reported the Gatestone Institute. Protestants in Turkey are not recognized as an official religious community and are subjected to hate crimes, and physical and verbal assaults.
Not only Protestant Christians, but all non-Muslims in Turkey are continually under the threat of physical violence. Insulting and verbally attacking or unlawfully detaining or deporting them also seems perfectly fine.
So instead of spreading misinformation about Islam and attempting to stifle free speech under the guise of the so- called “threat of Islamophobia”, why do these Turkish and other Muslim community leaders not struggle against the widespread and systematic intolerance and aggression against non-Muslims all across the Muslim world?
These Turkish leaders, or businesspeople, go to the U.S. and try to paint a “perfect picture” of Islam when the majority-Muslim countries are guilty of the worst cases of discrimination against and persecution of non-Muslims or secular Muslims.
Would the organizers of these events and exhibitions also be interested in presenting the guests with the accurate English translations of the Quranic verses and the Hadith concerning jihad, non-Muslims, women, and homosexuals?