Discrimination against Christians on the rise in Turkey, new report reveals |
A new report from the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey has revealed that the attacks and hate speech against Christians are increasing in the country.
The 2016 Rights Violations Report noted the rise in hate speech against Christians in social and conventional media, according to Hurriyet Daily News. The report highlighted the billboard ads, posters, and pamphlets that warned against the celebration of Christmas and New Year.
One incident that occurred on Dec. 28 in the Nazilli district of the western province of Aydın involved an amateur theatrical act, in which a group of costumed men put a gun to the head of a man portraying Santa Claus.
The report also noted that Protestant religious officials have been regarded by the government as a “threat against national security” and some have been deported, the news website Asbarez revealed.
Last August, Anteb church leader Patric Jansen was barred from entering Turkey, as Turkish officials considered him to be a “threat to national security.”…
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