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Despite US efforts, famed Orthodox seminary remains closed in Turkey

May 15, 2013

Halki seminary, opened by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1844 and closed by the Turkish government in 1971, remains closed despite calls by President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and others to reopen it. The seminary educated nearly 1,000 clergy.

Although the Turkish government recently returned 400 acres to the seminary, the Patriarchate’s strategy of relying on foreign pressure rather than taking legal action is a failed one, argues Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish human rights attorney.


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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 16, 2013 1:39 AM ET USA

    Wonder if U.S. efforts occurred at the same time that the U.S. embassy was prompting gay pride celebrations? Our government doesn't seem to understand that not everyone wants to be like us (and, in this case, who can blame them?).