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I'm not sure we can take much more respect

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Dec 27, 2009 at 18:51

you see we respect you. you dont respect us.

Really? I'm not sure we can take much more respect. Here's an example of respect from last June:

(Compass Direct News) – Since Iranian native Nasser Ghorbani fled to Turkey seven years ago, he has been unable to keep a job for more than a year – eventually his co-workers would ask why he didn't come to the mosque on Fridays, and one way or another they'd learn that he was a convert to Christianity. Soon thereafter he would be gone. Never had anyone gotten violent with him, however, until three weeks ago, when someone at his workplace in Istanbul hit him on the temple so hard he knocked him out. When he came back to his senses, Ghorbani was covered in dirt, and his left eye was swollen shut. It hurt to breathe; his whole body was in pain. He had no idea what had happened. "I've always had problems at work in Turkey because I'm a Christian, but never anything like this," Ghorbani told Compass.

Well, at least he hasn't been murdered, maybe that's a sign of respect.

When your country closed down the Helki Seminary, so the Orthodox Church can't turn out any priests in Turkey, that was done as a sign of respect? Really? Well, thanks for letting me know, I guess I was confused about that before.

How about Cyprus? Since you invaded in 1974, in the Turkish occupied part, at least 55 churches have been converted into mosques. Another 50 churches and monasteries have been converted into stables, stores, hostels, museums, or have been demolished. Cemeteries of at least 25 villages have been desecrated and destroyed and innumerable icons, religious artifacts and all kinds of archaeological treasures have been stolen and smuggled abroad. Just more examples of respect?

Are you sure you want to be part of the EU? A few days ago, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that a Turkish court ruling barring a church from starting a foundation violated the congregation's right to freedom of association. Apparently the ECHR did not see barring the construction of a church as a sign of respect. What the heck is wrong with them?

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