Thursday, January 26, 2006

President of Cyprus accuses Turkey of destroying churches

Interfax News Agency:


President of Cyprus Tassos Papandopoulos accused Turkey of destroying churches in the northern part of the island. ‘I consider it my duty to remind of the destruction of Christian churches and desecration of the holy sanctuaries in the part of our homeland occupied by the Turkish army’, Papandopoulos said at the ceremony for the presentation of the award of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Nations held in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow

According to the head of the State of Cyprus, ‘the criminal Turkish occupation’ of the last thirty years has led to the ‘organized pillage of the Christian holy sites and systematic plundering’ of the Orthodox cultural heritage in the northern part of the Cyprus.

Earlier that same day Papandopoulos met Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia and told him that during the years of occupation about 350 Orthodox churches had been destroyed or used as entertainment facilities or even stalls for cattle.

The President of Cyprus expressed his gratitude to Alexy II for ‘unremitting attention to the destiny of the Cypriots and profound knowledge of the problems of Cyprus.’

13 Comments:

At 10:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this a Coptic issue?
eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 12:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's wrong with it dear eemc?
why not read about the injustices against other Christians?

 
At 3:16 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

Absolutely anonymous - I think atrocities commited against any Orthodox church is an atrocity commited against the Copts.

Just as I would want the Cypriots to discuss Coptic issues we should do the same. Keep them and ALL Christians deep in your prayers!

God Bless friends.

 
At 7:14 PM , Anonymous raif said...

Totally agree with the above comments. We-as Copts- have to develop a broader vision and defend all Christians of the Middle East (including Cyprus)

Another thing, I truly believe that a Copt is a Christian Egyptian. He may be Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox, and it does not matter at all. We all have the same basic beliefs and share the same journey.

 
At 7:29 PM , Anonymous copty said...

You are not the only copts.

 
At 7:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims in Muslim countries must protect the rights of their Christian neighbors to freely practice their religion as well as their freedom of speech, as Prophet Mohamed (peace and blessings be upon him) and the rightly guided Khalifas after him did.The constitution the Prophet drafted in Madinah following his migration from Makkah enshrined the rights of Christians and Jews in the city, including those of worship. These were fully enforced under his leadership. Another example was when Umar ibn al-Khattab was Khalifah. He returned tax money collected from Christians in a town in modern day Iraq after he and the Muslims had to leave it. The taxes had been collected to ensure Muslim protection of the Christians living there. Since the Muslims could no longer do that, they returned the money.

 
At 7:43 AM , Anonymous Peter said...

Dear Anonymous
Christians don't need Muslim to protect their rights ( which I haven't seen anywhere), Christians have the right to worship freely as humans according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
Your argument belongs to the medieval times

 
At 11:09 AM , Blogger Egypeter said...

Dear Anonymous -

When you reference Mohamed's constitution while he was in Medina you reference a time when Mohamed was weak politically and militarily. As you know, Mohamed fled to Medina from Mecca and had more tolerant views while in Medina. It was after he built up his numbers in Medina and returned to Mecca (with an army) that his views changed. This is why the more tolerant verses of the koran are earlier when he wasn't as strong and trying to gain influence. After he gained power politically/militarily the tolerance he spoke of earlier was supersceded by the latter, less tolerant verses.

And, with all due respect, is this not a moot point? Are we still living in the year 650 AD?

Just the like the other Peter said, are these freedoms not inalienable rights granted to ALL from the Almighty God? Or did God grant only muslims freedom? Must non-muslims pay for these rights with Jizya and their blood as they have for the last 1400 years?

I pray that one day the middle east will open its mind and join the rest of the civillized world in the 21st century. God bless.

 
At 11:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous who started his post with the following: ‘Muslims in Muslim countries must protect the rights...” thank you for your kind intention. However, your thinking is in not fit for our time. The idea that the Muslims (in a Muslim majority country) should protect the rights of minorities or that the Christians of the West should respect the rights of the minority Muslims belongs to ancient cultures and societies. We all live in a small and opened world. Humanity had progressed to such a level that Individual freedom and rights are UNIVERSAL. It is not to be given by a Muslim to a Christians or a Christian to Muslim, it belongs to everyone.
I thank you for examples of the Muslims-Christian relationship, it is important to remind one and another of these examples. However, you quoted one example of the racist side of Islam. Protection of Christians by Muslims is pure and simple form of racism. In order for you to understand what I am trying to say, imagine the next scenario where the American forces after invading Iraq decide to forbid teaching of Islam in School, move many American families to Iraq, and forbid the Iraqis from holding arms (because American are protecting Iraq). What would call that? That should be your way of examining the history of Islam. And if you do, I assure you that you will be surprise at your findings.

This is why it is laughable to hear that the Muslims Brotherhood in Egypt are considering the issue of “rights of Copts for building churches”. http://www.egyptwindow.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1044
They already felt that the Copts have enough churches; LOL

It is really a big problem when a ‘free’ people live among ‘enslaved; submitted’ population.
eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 11:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To say that Muslim should protect the rights of Christians is an insult to every Egyptian that we should expose. To say that Christians should not serve in the Army because they are 'protected' is an insult on freedom and integrity of all Christians of Egypt.
We should defend our rights to protect our country and our honors as free people.
Freedom is not given by one group to another, but freedom is a gift from God the Almighty.

Jesus then proclaimed: "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (vs. 31-32).
"Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."

Copts you are free in Christ because you have known the truth which is JESUS.
Blessings
eemc2203@yahoo.com

 
At 4:47 PM , Blogger Egypeter said...

Thanks eemc, I could no have said it any better.

This is a more realistic view of what the Muslim Brotherhood's TRUE intentions are. It goes down to the roots of their ideology. And it's actually a book review in Watani.

http://www.wataninet.com/article_en.asp?ArticleID=5442

This false front that the MB is putting up is quite concerning. The reason is that rational Egyptians, who are unaware of their true intentions, may be fooled by the facade. We must expose the truth. God bless.

 
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