Turkey Overturns Historic Religious Property Seizures
by Charles Cherry
I have to say, on the surface this appears to be a VERY important development in the history of the Middle East! For an Islamic society to recognize the property rights of Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslim minorities is almost incredible – especially in this age of radical Islam.
Let us hope that other Islamic societies, especially in the Arab world, take their lead from Turkey in this and other Muslim-Non Muslim societal relationships.
Truth be told, nearly all of the lands around the Mediterranean were once populated by Christians, until they were conquered by the Arab Muslim crusaders during the seventh and eighth centuries.
Perhaps we will eventually see some of these lands returned to the Church? It is highly doubtful, but then again, I never expected Turkey to do such a thing!