There are more reactions in Turkey to the statements of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all Greece regarding Islam.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu made new statements after the Turkish Foreign Ministry stated yesterday that it condemned Archbishop Ieronymos’s statements as “groundless” and “an insult to the religion of Islam.”
Specifically, as reported by ethnos.gr, the Turkish minister commented on the statements of Archbishop Ieronymos that “The Archbishop made a statement. We know the purpose of all this. They will provoke Turkey, we will respond and they will turn to Europe and say to Europe, ‘As you can see Turkey continues its negative actions. Therefore, sanctions!’
The Archbishop is also a clergyman. And he claims that Islam is not a religion. We have seen many manifestations of Islamophobia expressed by people and politicians. But for the first time, we saw a clergyman express in this way. We were really surprised. I hope that Greece, instead of such challenges, will come to its senses.”
It is recalled that the Archbishop’s statements were made in his recent television interview about the Church’s contribution to the Revolution of 1821 and the Archdiocese of Athens issued yesterday a clarifying statement, emphasizing that the Archbishop meant “nothing more than the distortion of the Muslim religion itself by a handful of extreme fundamentalists, who wreak death and destruction all over the world.”