As Turkey continues to struggle with internal stability, some critics see Erdogan’s recent actions against the Christian church as a cover to maintain his dictatorial-like power. Some believe that if Erdogan can force people to question religious issues then they’ll ignore Erdogan’s power grab. Either way, Turkey’s political and religious situation is incredibly chaotic and it is becoming increasingly difficult to be a Christian there.
07/31/2017 Turkey (Observer) – Turkey has escalated its war on the Syriac Christian Church by seizing another 50 churches, monasteries, and other religious properties. But this is not some religious spat of “clash of civilizations” as some would have you believe. This is Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest move to seize power. By pitting the majority of his country against a smaller, weaker group, Erdogan distracts the public from his authoritarian style.
In July 2017, it was announced that the Erdogan regime commandeered 50 Syriac churches, some of which are more than 1,500 years old. Now they will be under the power of the “Directorate of Religious Affairs,” according to Tzippe Barrow with CBN.