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  • Rev. Fr. John-Brian Paprock
    2/8/2006 11:13:00 AM -0500 Security & Terrorism Turkish religious leaders condemn cartoons ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Turkey s Christian religious leaders
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      2/8/2006 11:13:00 AM -0500
      Security & Terrorism

      Turkish religious leaders condemn cartoons

      ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Turkey's Christian religious leaders
      have condemned as offensive the Danish cartoons of the prophet
      Mohammed that have roiled the Middle East.

      Armenian Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan said the cartoons' publication
      violated "moral values, but not freedom of expression," the Turkish
      Daily News reported.

      Leaders of Turkey's miniscule Greek Orthodox Patriarchate community
      also denounced the publication of the caricatures.

      Turkey's Chief Rabbi, Isak Haleva, and the head of the Jewish
      community in Turkey Silvyo Ovadya, issued a joint statement that
      said, "Democratic freedom doesn't give anyone the right to aggravate
      religions, prophets, holy books and values."

      Many foreign publications, including the New York Sun, the
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt, Tagesspiegel, Berliner
      Zeitung, Die Weit, the Brussels Journal, France-Soir, Le Soir,
      Liberation, Het Nieuwsblad, Het Volk, De Standard WeekendAvisen,
      Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, Elsevier, La Stampa, Libero, La Padania,
      El Periodico, Magazinet, Expressen and El-Shihan have reprinted some
      of the cartoons.

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