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Barnabas Update – December 9th 2019

Public outcry in Turkey gets good result

Barnabas Fund, 29 November 2019

A public outcry in Turkey over anti-Christian and anti-Semitic billboards displaying a quote from the Quran declaring that Muslims should not befriend Christians or Jews, has led to their removal by authorities.

The billboards, which were displayed at bus stops throughout the city of Konya, had a drawing of a Christian cross and Jewish star of David splattered with blood next to chapter 5 verse 51 of the Quran that states, “Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies.”

The quote goes on to state, “They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”

Concerned members of the public complained that the posters could incite religious hatred and that the content was “hateful” to religious minorities. Both Jews and Christians are tiny minorities in this 98% Muslim country.