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Erdogan Rebukes West for ‘Islamophobia' Amid Criticism over Turning Hagia Sophia into Mosque

Added 07-12-20 02:38:01pm EST - “Turkish president slams world leaders for not acting "against Islamophobia in their own countries."” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “Erdogan Rebukes West for 'Islamophobia' Amid Criticism over Turning Hagia Sophia into Mosque”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Turkish president slams world leaders for not acting “against Islamophobia in their own countries.”

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Western countries for ‘Islamophobia’ in response to growing criticism of his decision to turn Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque. “Those who do not take a step against Islamophobia in their own countries … attack Turkey’s will to use its sovereign rights,” Erdogan said on Saturday.

The remarks came in response to European and Western criticism over the conversion of the 1,500-year-old Christian church into a Muslim place of worship. Friday’s announcement was met with cries of ‘Allahu akbar’ by a crowd of Erdogan supporters outside Hagia Sophia, media reports said.

The decision was slammed by the European Union and the United States. Switzerland-based World Council of Churches expressed its “grief and dismay” over turning of one of the Christianity’s first cathedral into a mosque. Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos, who represents most of the Orthodox Christianity, called it an attack on civilization.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday rejected worldwide condemnation over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, saying it represented his country’s will to use its “sovereign rights”. (…)

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