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Subject Islamic Turkey Persecutes the Christian Eastern Orthodox Church a Most Fervent Example of Islamic Religious Intolerance
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This comes from a CBS 60 Minutes piece this evening.
Statistics: The Eastern Orthodox Church has it's seat in Istanbul,Turkey and is 17 centuries old. It is the oldest Christian Church in existence.

In 1900 there were 2 million Christians in Istanbul. By natural repopulation between then and now that number should be around 8 million. Today there are 4000 Christians in Istanbul. Between 1923 and 1955 1.6 mil Christians were either killed by the Turks or fled the coming persecutions.

The Eastern Orthodox Church with 300 mil followers has been reduced to 9 buildings with no hope of perpetuating itself due to Turkish regulations where it is now. The Turkish Gov ordered the closure of the Church Seminary school 38 years ago thus effectively at some point in the near future assuring the destruction of the seat of the Church. By Turkish Law the Archbishop of Constantinople (Istanbul) must be Turkish and TRAINED IN TURKEY.

In my opinion this represents the Islamic view of toleration of other competing religious viewpoints. Turkey is not considered a RADICAL State and thus probably is more mainstream than most Islamic nations. We in the West had best wake up real quick because it appears this is just the tip of the ICEBERG when it comes to Islam.
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