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The broadcast caused quite a stir in Turkey. Did it give the wrong impression? Some American viewers might assume that the restrictions on Greek Orthodox Christians within Turkey are part of the Islamic government's discrimination against Christians. That's not really the case. As I pointed out earlier, Christianity in Turkey historically has been closely linked with Greece, and incompatible with Turkish nationalism. Many religious groups, not just Christians, feel restricted in Turkey by the country's strict code of secularism. Click.
But hopefully, new respect for religious minorities is in the air, especially if Turkey wants to join the European Union. Government Seeks Ways to Reopen Christian Seminary