Turkish Pastors Receives Death Threats
07/23/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – On July 12th, a Turkish citizen named Caner G. came to the Sunday worship service at Antalya Bible Church asking for church leadership, reports Hristiyan Haber. After being asked to come back the next day, Caner returned only to issue death threats against the church’s leadership. It was later discovered that this is the same suspect who broke the windows of the church previously.
After making such death threats, Caner continued by saying, “I broke the glass of this church a few months ago, I will attack again and burn if necessary… I have an opponent in this church.” Following this, the security guard intervened and the attacker left before local police arrived. A complaint has been made to the police regarding Caner’s threats and the pastors have expressed thanks for the security’s follow up on this matter.
It was later learned that Caner was originally detained after breaking the windows but was released because he expressed regret.
Threats and attacks against churches are not uncommon in Turkey. This is the second publicly reported incident involving this church alone, and many others have been defaced or otherwise threatened this year. It is common for such incidents to occur during times of increased government rhetoric regarding religion. It occurs days before the re-conversion of Hagia Sophia church into a mosque.
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