Detained U.S. Evangelist in Turkey Released, Ordered To Be Deported

David Byle is declared a ‘danger to public order.’

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Turkish authorities have released a U.S. evangelist who was detained last week and ordered to be deported, sources said. Declaring David Byle “a danger to public order,” authorities in Turkey took him into custody on April 6 after asking him to report to the immigration office in Istanbul regarding his […]

Anti-Christian Hatred Seen in Attack on Church Building in Samsun, Turkey

Police release suspects caught on video.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Four men detained by police for attacking a church building in the Black Sea region of Turkey last week shouted jihadist slogans when released from jail, a marked departure from past harassment, church leaders said. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, the four Muslims went to a building rented […]

Turkish Court Rules Government Failed to Protect Christians Killed in Malatya

Civil suit results in order to pay damages to relatives of victims.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Turkish court ruled on Tuesday (Jan. 26) that the government was negligent in its duty to protect three Christians who were tortured and killed in 2007 and ordered it to pay damages to the victims’ families. The Malatya Administrative Court ruled that, nearly nine years ago, the Interior Ministry […]

Christmas Celebrations, Turkish Style

Islamic nationalists ‘convert’ Santa Claus.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – This holiday season, Christians across Turkey gathered to hold services and celebrate Christmas, even as a small group of protestors “converted” that long-time Christmas mainstay, Santa, to Islam. On Christmas Eve, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of the Greek Orthodox Church led a divine liturgy at the Church of St. George […]

Almost Nine Years Later, Verdict in Malatya Killings Trial Still Awaited

Defense could seek removal of monitoring devices on suspects.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Another court hearing in the case of three Christians that were killed for their faith in Turkey almost nine years ago is set to be held next week. The Jan. 5 hearing will be the 109th hearing to take place since the killing took place in 2007. On April 18, […]

Textbooks in Turkey Improved, but Biased against Non-Islamic Faiths, Study Says

USCIRF notes misrepresentations of Christianity.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Newly revised textbooks for schoolchildren’s mandatory religion classes in Turkey are markedly improved but still have notable shortcomings, according to a study by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The textbooks do not adequately address Christianity and other non-Islamic religions, according to USCIRF. “The current books are a […]

Five Years after Murder of Priest in Turkey, New Bishop Preaches

Pope Francis appointed Paolo Bizzeti to post at İskenderun Catholic Church.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – More than five years after a bishop in Turkey was viciously murdered for reasons still shrouded in mystery, a new bishop held his first service at the church where the slain priest once preached. Bishop Paolo Bizzeti, 67, celebrated Mass at İskenderun Catholic Church in Hatay Province on Nov. 29, […]

The Problem of Islam and the Islamic State

An atheist and an Anglican offer bold solutions.

(Morning Star News) – Two remarkable pieces about Islamist violence were published last week in mainstream media – one answering the ambivalence thoughtful people feel on what to do about the Islamic State, and the other answering perplexity on what to do about Islam. They are remarkable first because, unconcerned about political correctness, they strongly […]

Christians Shaken after Attack on their Church Building in Istanbul, Turkey

Some congregation members suspect assailant did not act alone.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Some members of a congregation in Istanbul suspect a man who attacked their church building last week did not act alone. Church members said they suspect the assailant, whom police said has a severe psychological disorder, was pressured to commit the attack by a group that wanted to stir up […]

The Islamic State: Hastening the Apocalypse?

Motives for unspeakable cruelty lie in Sunni 'End of Days’ teaching.

(Morning Star News) – Since summer 2014, the Islamist terrorist group ISIS – a.k.a. Islamic State – has devastated the political, geographic and combat landscape of the Middle East. At the same time, along with its ominous black banners, it has raised worrisome questions about the true nature of Islam. For the Middle East’s ancient […]