Thursday, December 14, 2006

On A Very Serious Note

The following video was linked to me by a friend whose brother (or brother-in-law, I forget which) is a missionary in Turkey acquainted with the gentlemen in the video. If you haven't already heard of their case, the basic details are as follows: the two men in the video are currently on trial for "insulting Turkishness" -- apparently an actual crime in Turkey. Their crime: being Christians. They were initially imprisoned on trumped-up weapons possession charges, and then for conspiracy charges due to a list of "potential converts" supposedly found on their computers.

Here's a link if the video doesn't stream properly.

More info here.

What's most impressive is their testimony here at this press conference. It's a stark reminder of how good we as Christians in America have it. We worship freely any time we want without fear. They are still living in a world very reminiscent of the way it was in that very region two thousand years ago under Roman rule.

The saddest part, from a western perspective, is that there seems to be a virtual media (well, MSM) blackout of this case. It's very important to me as a Christian, but this should be a huge deal for anyone who supposedly supports religious liberty. Particularly within a country that wants membership in a supposedly "Western" group like the EU.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Ben. I'd heard of this. Did you know that most of European opinion is against Turkish entry into the EU (and Turkish public opinion is starting to turn that way as well!), but that the Bush Administration is strongly in favor of Tureky's entry into th EU. Is that just Bush trying to cause trouble among our European friends, or is he serious? There was a time when it was important to have Turkey as an ally. I wonder if it is still the time. They were unreliable in Iraq, their culture is foreign if not inimical to Western culture. On the other hand, all of the above could be said about Europe as a whole...

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Marty said...

PS: That was me above.

10:29 AM  

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