Turkey’s Islamist president is threatening to convert one of the world’s most historic and iconic Christian churches into an Islamic mosque, in a move designed to appease Tayyip Erdogan’s political base and insult Christians.
The Council of State of Turkey is expected to rule this week on a request by Erdogan to convert the Hagia Sophia Museum into an Islamic mosque, and international observers are expecting that the court system will sign off on Erdogan’s initiative to turn the former church into a mosque.
The Hagia Sophia Church was constructed in Constantinople(today known as Istanbul) in A.D. 537 by Justinian, the then-Emperor of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire. The church was a global symbol of the Byzantine civilization throughout the Middle Ages. It was converted into an Islamic mosque in the year 1453 when the Ottoman Empire captured Constantinople under the leadership of Mehmed II, a moment in history that Erdogan and his supporters point to as a moment of national pride.
When Turkey emerged from the declining Ottoman Empire shortly after World War I, the nation’s contemporary founder, Kemal Ataturk, arranged for the building to be placed into a use as a museum. The building, which is Turkey’s most visited tourist attraction to this day, has remained as such since 1935.
The church remains a holy symbol to hundreds of millions of Orthodox Christians throughout the world today. Bartholomew I, the Christian bishop who holds the Byzantine title of “Patriarch of Constantinople” in Istanbul, warned of the consequences of such an inflammatory cultural act. “The potential conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque will turn millions of Christians around the world against Islam… What can I say as a Christian clergyman and the Greek patriarch in Istanbul? Instead of uniting, a 1,500-year-old heritage is dividing us. I am saddened and shaken.”
The 6th century building is not only noteworthy to two major world religions(originally Christianity), but is the most architecturally impressive building preserved from the early Middle Ages. Many of Constantinople’s most historic churches and buildings, such the Church of the Holy Apostles, were destroyed by the Ottoman conquerors in the decades following the 1453 Siege of Constantinople.
The Hagia Sophia church contains some of the most-well preserved medieval Byzantine images of Christ, Mary, various saints, and several Eastern Roman Emperors. As images of the human form are prohibited in Islam, some have questioned whether the artwork- which was uncovered from beneath a coating material when the building was phased from an Ottoman mosque into a museum- will be destroyed in the event it’s turned back into a mosque.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the government of Greece(which views itself as the inheritor of the Byzantine Empire’s Greek-speaking legacy), and United Nations cultural institutions have spoken against the planned usurpation of the historic church. Pope Francis has been conspicuously silent, thus far.
LOCKDOWN 2.0: Europe is Shutting Down Everything Again Due to COVID-19 Mass Hysteria
This is what Biden will do in America.
Europe is once again panicking over COVID-19, and political leaders are reinstituting draconian lockdown measures to shut down public life as a result.
“We are dealing with exponential growth,” German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said to a virtual French-German economic conference in Berlin, according to Reuters. “In Germany, the number of new infections is rising by 70-75% compared to the week before.”
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told the country to expect “difficult decisions” in the days to come regarding COVID-19 policy. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is attempting to extend emergency powers until Dec. 3 in order to keep society shuttered.
In Russia, they have instituted a face mask mandate and are considering closing bars and restaurants. The Belgian government will decide on a national lockdown on Friday. Spain has instituted a national curfew that has been in place since Sunday.
Big League Politics has reported on the color-coded system of lockdown tyranny that is being implemented in the United Kingdom with COVID-19 fear used as the excuse:
Britain is rolling out their “three-tiered system” for restricting the liberties of its citizenry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The plan is endorsed wholeheartedly by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party figurehead who was elected to free Britain from globalist rule. Instead, he has implemented the technocracy like no other and essentially rendered the Brexit moot by abusing his authority in myriad ways.
Johnson introduced the new regime earlier this week. The national government will divide regional authorities into “local Covid alert levels”, which are listed as medium (tier 1), high (tier 2), and very high (tier 3). Tier 1 is color coded in yellow while Tier 2 is color coded in light orange with Tier 3 being color coded in dark orange. Each distinction brings a host of new restrictions that will cripple public life and destroy British businesses. Notice how there is no “low” level of threat even listed as an option here, as British authorities demonstrate that the return to a free society is no longer tenable.
“This is not how we want to live our lives, but this is the narrow path we have to tread between the social and economic trauma of a full lockdown and the massive human, and indeed economic cost of an uncontained epidemic,” Johnson said.
Johnson has effectively surrendered to the mass hysteria, lacking the strength and the will to defeat COVID-19 as quickly as President Donald Trump vanquished the virus.
“Engagement with other leaders in the north-west, the north-east and Yorkshire and Humber is continuing,” Johnson said. “I know how difficult this is. They, like us, like everyone in this house, are grappling with very real dilemmas, but we cannot let the NHS fall over when lives are at stake.
“So let me repeat the offer that we’re making to those local authorities: work with us on these difficult but necessary measures in the areas that are rated very high, in return for more support for local test and trace, more funding for local enforcement, the offer of support form the armed forces, and the job support scheme, as announced by the chancellor,” he added.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump refuses to bow to fear in the face of the pandemic.
“Until November 4th., Fake News Media is going full on Covid, Covid, Covid,” President Donald Trump, in full campaign mode, tweeted on Tuesday. “We are rounding the turn. 99.9%.”
If Biden wins next week’s election, this sort of permanent virus shutdown regime is coming to the United States. A vote for President Trump is a vote to preserve the rule of law against the burgeoning technocracy.
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