Turkey Blocks Election of New Christian Armenian Patriarch
Christians in Turkey face persecution from Muslims and nationalist who consider them second class citizens. Therefore, Christians are a minority group in Turkey that does not enjoy the same religious freedoms that Muslims do. Unfortunately, this form of persecution is now impeding them to also vote and select their new religious leaders or patriarchs.
2/24/2018 Turkey (World Watch Monitor) – For the sixth time since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the government of constitutionally “secular” Turkey has openly intervened in the selection of a new Armenian Patriarch to lead the nation’s largest Christian community.
Now estimated at less than 40,000, Turkey’s Armenian community – located primarily in Istanbul – are the remnant of some 2 million Armenians who had lived in central Anatolia and the eastern regions of what is now modern-day Turkey for two millennia. An estimated 1.5 million died during massacres and forced deportations into the Syrian Desert, begun in April 1915 under the Ottoman Empire. Although Turkey acknowledges there were “casualties on both sides” during this time in World War I, it denies the events constituted a “genocide”.