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  • Voices Grow Louder in Turkey to Convert Hagia Sophia From a Museum Back to Mosque

    06/28/2017 6:56:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/24/17 | Umar Farooq
    As the time for afternoon prayers approaches, Onder Soy puts on a white robe and cap and switches on the microphone in a small 19th century room adjoining the Hagia Sophia. Soon, Soy’s melodic call to prayer rings out over a square filled with tourists hurrying to visit some of Turkey’s most famous historical sights before they close for the day. The room Soy is in — built as a resting place for the sultan and now officially called the Hagia Sophia mosque — fills up with around 40 worshipers, drawn not by the modestly decorated space itself, but by...
  • Memorial Day and the conquest of Constantinople

    05/29/2017 5:23:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/29/17 | Robert Spencer
    As we remember, with a debt of gratitude we can never repay, those who have died to keep us free, let us also remember what the consequences will be if we lose this great defense against jihad that the free world isn’t even seriously fighting.Today is May 29, the anniversary of the Muslim conquest of Constantinople, which took place on May 29, 1453.It is useful, in our comfortable complacency and general lack of any historical memory at all, and overarching concern to avoid “Islamophobia,” to recall what happened when the Muslims entered the great city.Historian Steven Runciman notes that the...
  • Erdogan Holding U.S. Tactical Nukes At Inkirlink...And Is Hailed As Mahdi

    07/19/2016 8:49:59 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 120 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | July 18, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    [Original title too long: Erdogan Holding U.S. Tactical Nukes At Inkirlink Taking Control Of The Second Most Powerful Army In NATO And Is Hailed As Mahdi] Turkey, in less than 24 hours was occupied by ErdoganÂ’s pro Muslim Brotherhood militia and entered the U.S. base where tactical nukes at Incirlik are held. Period. Plain and Simple. Yet there are no headlines in any media that reveals this global catastrophe in this way. Why? Even the air base, which is used by NATO and stores US tactical nuclear weapons, has been invaded by ErdoganÂ’s militia. The militia entered the base in...
  • Turks push to turn iconic Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

    03/10/2017 8:18:48 AM PST · by cutty · 15 replies
    For eight decades, the iconic Hagia Sophia [Ἁγία Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom”] – museum in Istanbul [Constantinople] has stood as a symbol of Turkey’s commitment to a secular society. Now that tradition is under siege by growing calls to convert the historic structure back into a practicing mosque. The 1,500-year-old structure originally was built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral. It was turned into a mosque in the 15th century after the Ottoman Turks defeated the Greek emperor in Constantinople and renamed the city Istanbul. In the 1930s, the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, turned it into a museum in his...
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Blasts ‘Disgraceful’ Inaction on Climate Change, Says ‘Survival of God’s...

    11/04/2016 5:05:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, has written a message to participants in COP22, the upcoming UN climate change conference in Morocco. Noting that such international meetings have been taking place for over two decades, the Ecumenical Patriarch wrote on November 3 that 22 years “is an unacceptably long period to respond to the environmental crisis, especially when we are conscious of its intimate and inseparable connections to global poverty, migration and unrest.” “Twenty-two years, moreover, is an unjustifiably interminable period to tackle the expansion of fossil fuels, when scientists inform us...
  • Turkey appoints permanent imam for Hagia Sophia; will lead five daily prayers

    10/23/2016 1:09:57 PM PDT · by cutty · 18 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | October 22, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Observers are warning about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly neo-Ottoman stance and disregard for secular prerogatives.” Indeed, and this new appointment essentially completes the motion of making the Hagia Sophia into a functioning mosque again. European Union officials ought to see this for what it is: a decisive rejection of any pretense of dealing with the Christian or post-Christian West on a mutually respectful basis. Erdogan is an Islamic supremacist and is pursuing an openly supremacist imperative. European officials who are still pushing for Turkey’s entry into the EU, as well as the ongoing phenomenon of massive Muslim immigration...
  • Forgotten Christian Hero, Who is Known as the Savior of Europe

    10/10/2016 8:00:10 AM PDT · by pinochet · 28 replies
    Today, October 10, supporters of Christian Civilization celebrate the great victory attained by the Frenchman, Charles Martel, over a Muslim army that tried to conquer Christian France. The battle of Tours was concluded on October 10, 732, and Martel and the French people won a stunning military victory. But, today, I want to focus on an equally great military hero, who made Charles Martel's victory possible. He is the Christian Emperor Tervel of the Bulgarian Empire, who inflicted the first major defeat on Muslim armies in Islamic history in the year 718, fourteen years before Charles Martel's victory in 732....
  • Istanbul (not Constantinople)

    07/16/2016 11:00:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | A long time ago | Mona Lisa Smile OST
    "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" Istanbul was Constantinople Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople Been a long time gone, Constantinople Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night Every gal in Constantinople Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople So if you've a date in Constantinople She'll be waiting in Istanbul Even old New York was once New Amsterdam Why they changed it I can't say People just liked it better that way So take me back to Constantinople No, you can't go back to Constantinople Been a long time gone, Constantinople Why did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks Istanbul...
  • Istanbul marks 1453 Ottoman conquest of Istanbul with grandiose ceremony “Islam conquest prayer”

    06/03/2016 10:54:37 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 31 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | May/29/2016 | hurriyetdailynews.com
    Istanbul’s Eyüp Municipality also organized a “Youth and Conquest Feast” yesterday at the Golden Horn, which included activities such as running and a bicycle race. The event ended with the show of the municipality’s mehter team and the distribution of “conquest rice.” A day earlier, on May 28, hundreds of Islamists prayed at the gates of Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church which now serves as a museum, in order to demand the right to pray there as part of an event called the “conquest prayer.” An imam led a prayer in front of the vast...
  • Muslims in Turkey Demand Right to Pray at Hagia Sophia

    06/01/2016 6:44:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Qanatara.de ^ | 5/30/16
    On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul's world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum, to demand the right to pray there, Turkish media reported. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship. "Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia," chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of the museum, according to Turkey's Dogan news agency. "In the...
  • Why Turkey's Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

    05/09/2016 6:13:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 9, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have – throughout the centuries -- been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and now mosque again. The Hagia Sophia, Greek for “Holy Wisdom,” was one of the many historic Orthodox churches located in the city of Trabzon. ... The city of Trabzon .. is located in the ancient land of Pontos, in the...
  • Turkey's Erdogan meets Hamas leader Meshaal in Istanbul: sources

    12/19/2015 4:47:33 PM PST · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19th, 2015 | by Humeyra Pamuk
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met with Khaled Meshaal, leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkish presidential sources said, a day after Israel and Turkey said they were close to patching up five-year political rift. A source from Erdogan's office said Meshaal "briefed Erdogan on the latest developments in the region", without giving further details. Islamist Hamas controls the Gaza strip. Israeli officials said late on Thursday that a deal with Turkey was struck to normalize ties following high-level bilateral talks in Switzerland. Turkish officials said a final agreement was yet to be sealed,...
  • Moscow Wants Turkey to Return Cathedral of Agia Sophia to Orthodox Church

    12/16/2015 9:26:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/26/15 | Religious Information Service of Ukraine
    State Duma deputies have supported the idea of the return of Agia Sophia in Constantinople to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, and the coordinator of the inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values, Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing an "endurance trial," mutually friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. "The Russian side deems it possible to return to the question of Agia Sophia, the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Constantinople - an ancient Byzantine cathedral associated with the history of...
  • No Impediments Remain to Full Communion, Pope Tells Orthodox Patriarch

    11/30/2015 3:10:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    In a message to the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis wrote that "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth." The Pope's message to the Ecumenical Patriarch was timed for November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Constantinople see. Each year the Holy See sends a delegation to celebrate that feast with the Ecumenical Patriarch, just as the Orthodox leader sends representatives to Rome for the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. This...
  • Moscow wants Turkey to return Cathedral of St. Sophia to Orthodox Church

    11/27/2015 6:54:47 AM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    RISU ^ | 11-26-2015 | Staff
    The State Duma deputies supported the idea of ​​return of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, coordinator of inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values ​​Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when the Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing “endurance trial,”the mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. “The Russian side deems it possible to recur to the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Turkey, Istanbul - St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) of Constantinople –an ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is associated with the history of...
  • Holy Tunic of Argenteuil, Seamless Garment, To Be Displayed in 2016

    10/12/2015 1:16:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 12, 2015 | ELIZABETH SCALIA
    In honor of the Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis — which begins on December 8, 2015 — Stanislas LaLanne, Bishop of Pontoise and “Guardian of the Holy Tunic” has announced that the Holy Tunic of Argenteuil – purported to be the seamless garment worn by Christ on Calvary – will be exhibited to the public for a very brief time: from March 25 to April 10, 2016.This tunic was originally documented as being seamless and of-a-piece, fitting the description found in the Gospel according to John (Jn 19:23-24):“When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes...
  • ISTANBUL’S KRISTALLNACHT TURNS 60--The forgotten ethnic cleansing.

    09/08/2015 4:39:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 7, 2015 | Andrew Harrod
    Istanbul’s Kristallnacht Turns 60 The forgotten ethnic cleansing. September 7, 2015 Andrew Harrod    On September 6-7, 1955, Istanbul’s Greek Christians underwent the “most destructive pogrom…in Europe since the infamous Kristallnacht” of 1938 Nazi Germany, eminent Greek-American historian Speros Vryonis, Jr. has written.  As he wrote in the extensively documented 2005 book The Mechanism of Catastrophe:  The Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, and the Destruction of the Greek Community of Istanbul, these important events remain “virtually unknown” even today. As the Greek Consul General of Constantinople (Istanbul) wrote in September 1955, Istanbul’s Greek community that dated from the...
  • Turks Boast of Historic Slaughter and Rape of Christians

    06/08/2015 11:28:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 8, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Turks Boast of Historic Slaughter and Rape of ChristiansPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On June 8, 2015 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 21 Comments [1]Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.Earlier this week a news report [2] unwittingly demonstrated how Turkey—once deemed the most “secularized” Muslim nation—is returning to its Islamic heritage, complete with animosity for the infidel West and dreams of the glory days of jihadi conquests: A group of devout Muslims from across Turkey prayed before the city’s historic Hagia Sophia on the 562nd anniversary of the Turkish conquest of Istanbul...
  • Morning prayer held before Hagia Sophia to demand re-conversion into mosque

    06/01/2015 3:35:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | 5/31/15
    A group of devout Muslims from across Turkey prayed before the city’s historic Hagia Sophia on the 562nd anniversary of the Turkish conquest of Istanbul, demanding that the site be turned back into a mosque. Men and women from across the country gathered before the Hagia Sophia museum early May 31, as part of an event organized by the Anatolian Youth Association (AGD) with the motto “Break the chains, Open Hagia Sophia,” and prayed the morning prayer with a call for the reconversion of the museum into a mosque. Designed as a Christian basilica in the sixth century by Anthemios...
  • Ancient Greece's 'global warming'

    05/08/2009 6:39:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,347+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 08, 2009 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    In Heaven + Earth (Global Warming: The Missing Science), Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at The University of Adelaide, Australia, asks us to embrace big-picture science views; for to recognize our limits is a sign of maturity. "Climate science lacks scientific discipline," says the pro-amalgamation Professor, and in order to see more clearly we need to adopt an interdisciplinary approach. This requires humbleness. In Chapter 2: History, Plimer travels back in time, thousands of years, in fact, to debunk Gore's catastrophic global warming myths. I particularly like his research on the ancient Greeks. For Plato (427-347 BC) advanced the...