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    Gloria Reidinger wrote: To: apostasy@yahoogroups.com From: Gloria Reidinger Date: Mon, 30 Apr
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      Gloria Reidinger <greidinger@...> wrote:

      To: apostasy@yahoogroups.com
      From: Gloria Reidinger <greidinger@...>
      Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 20:23:08 -0400
      Subject: [apostasy] Martyred Turkish Christians Buried

      From: The Living Church
      Martyred Turkish Christians Buried
      Additional details about the horrific killing of three Christians in Turkey
      last week have emerged. A Turkish court has arraigned five men, all under the
      age of 20, for the murder of three employees of a Christian publishing
      company in the southeastern city of Malatya.

      Alerted by a neighbor who reported a disturbance, police entered the offices
      of Zivre Publishing on the afternoon of April 18 and discovered German
      Lutheran missionary Tilmann Geske and two Turkish Christian converts, Necati Aydin
      and Ugur Yuksel, bound hand and foot. The three men had been tortured for
      hours, and two of the men were already dead by the time police arrived. The
      third later died in a hospital.

      Police arrested four of the killers at the scene, while a fifth man jumped
      from a third floor window. He is currently in critical condition at a local
      hospital. Five other students have also been implicated in the plot.

      Mr. Aydin, the lay pastor of the congregation in Malatya, was buried April
      21 from his home parish, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Izmir. Mr.
      Yuksel was buried by his family in his native village. Pastor Geske was
      buried in an Armenian church cemetery in Turkey.

      The killers were motivated by religious fanaticism, police reported.
      According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, one suspect told police, “We didn’t do
      this for ourselves. We did it for our religion. May this be a lesson to the
      enemies of religion.”

      The deaths mark the first martyrdom of converts to Christianity in modern
      Turkey. But last year an Italian Roman Catholic priest was murdered in his
      church in the Black Sea port city of Trabzon, and in January a prominent
      Christian Armenian journalist was murdered in Istanbul.

      Tensions between Islamists and secular Turks remain high and the place of
      Turkey’s small, native Christian population is unsure. Christian proselytism in
      Turkey is legal, but fraught with difficulty, according to Istanbul’s
      Anglican chaplain, the Rev. Canon Ian Sherwood.

      “In the light of the terrible murders, it is crucial that the work of the
      Church in Turkey be sensitive to the undercurrents of Turkish history and
      society,” Canon Sherwood said. “It is also crucial that bishops based in other
      countries make every effort to work in union with their people on the ground,
      and exercise care for their safety.”

      (The Rev.) George Conger

      St. George's Orthodox Church
      Rio Grande Valley of Tropical South Texas
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      _http://matushkascorner.blogspot.com/_ (http://matushkascorner.blogspot.com/)

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