"The Christians in Turkey are small in number, but they continue to face pressure from the government, but also prejudice in society," Eibner observed. "So there's social discrimination and official discrimination.ICU's President, Joseph Hakim is not only convinced that Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan is actively participating in this persecution but that Turkey's government is attempting to lead all of Europe's Muslims.
"From time to time, acts of horrific violence such as the beheading of Bishop Padovese and the ritual killing of missionaries and church workers … intimidate the Christian community," he said.
Almost one year ago to the day, Bishop Luigi Padovesi, the Vatican's representative to eastern Turkey, was found with his throat slit at his home in the Mediterranean port city of Iskenderun. His driver, a Muslim man named Murat Altun, later confessed to the crime.
"Turkey is trying to position itself to become a power in Islam and Turkey has taken it upon itself to lead the European Muslims. They want to control as much as they can, so they can become the real leaders of European Muslims," Hakim asserted.Taken in the context of the 'Arab Spring' (rise of Muslim Brotherhood) taking place in places like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, etc., the argument that an Islamic caliphate is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is far more tenable.
Former PLO operative, Walid Shoebat, has been warning of this very thing for years.
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