ANKARA, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 28: Pope Francis is welcomed by Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara November 28, 2014. Pope Francis arrived in Turkey on Friday at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and faces the continued threat of the Islamic State group who have been advancing into areas near Turkey’s southern border. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)
Lisa Daftari December 2, 2014 via freerepublic
Pope Francis traveled on his first trip to Turkey over the weekend attempting to reach out to the Muslim community, warning that the Islamic State is a major threat to Christians in the Middle East and calling on moderate Muslims to join in constructive dialogue and solidarity with the rest of the world.
Instead, Turkish President Recept Tayyp Erdogan, who had a message of his own for the Pope, greeted him at his $600 million palace and blamed the rise of ISIS and the recent violence in Syria and Iraq, including beheadings, enslavements, and the wholesale ethnic cleansing of the region’s Yazidis and Christians, on the “rise of Islamophobia,” in the West
Things were bad in Baghdad, there were bombs and shootings and our people were being killed, so many of our people fled back to Nineveh, their traditional home. It was safer, but then one day, ISIS – Islamic State. They came in and they hounded all of them out. They killed huge numbers, they chopped their children in half, they chopped their heads off, and they moved north and it was so terrible what happenedCanon Andrew White
The young children, all under age 15, were approached by ISIS members who threatened to kill them if they refused to convert to Islam and to declare allegiance to the Prophet Mohammad.
ISIS has displaced a quarter million Christians just in northern Iraq. This is a significant part of the vibrant 1.5 million Christian population before the war. …
Turkey continues to support the sins of their past…one can believe Erdogan, or documentated history and our own eyes…
Turkey [Constantinople] Armenian Genocide 1915.