Skip to content
News Around the World
Published on 11 February, 2010

European court rules against Turkey’s religion ID

Turkey (MNN) — A European court ruled ordered Turkey to remove the
religious affiliation section from citizens' identification cards.  

The court ruled that the presence of the "religion" box on the Turkish
national identification card obliges individuals to disclose, against their
will, information concerning an aspect of their personal convictions.

Until 2006, the Turkish government required citizens to put their faith
under the "Religion" section of their ID cards. Often, those who had "Christian"
in that blank found themselves targeted for harassment, threats, and
imprisonment. 

The court's ruling is good news for Christians, says Rody
Rodeheaver with I.N. Network, especially since the Turkish government appears to be ready to
comply. "That line forces them to the back fo the line when they're
applying for a job, or wanting their kids to get into a particular class at
school–all of those kinds of things are affected by this. It is discrimination." 

Turkish believers have long lived with discrimination–the hostile
atmosphere makes sharing the Gospel challenging, but not impossible.

Since 2001, I.N. Network's team has been focused on church planting and
evangelism in Turkey. The
I.N. Network Turkey also works with Internet Evangelism; they've developed a
forum for online chat with those who do not know Christ, inviting them to the
truth. Those who expressed a deeper
interest are invited to meetings and receive materials for personal study.

The doors are open. What started as a small church ministry has
grown to the point where that church is ready to release a limited number of its
members to become involved in a full-time ministry. 

Among their more ambitious 2010 goals
are plans to have local churches in 50 provinces, have 10,000 believers, and to
have Turkish evangelists trained and sent to other countries with Turkish
populations.  

Rodeheaver calls the court's decision an "answer to prayer."  "It's our prayer that this allows
Christians and future converts to Christianity not to be persecuted to the
degree that they have been in the past."

Support is needed. Click here to find out what you can do.

 




Leave a Reply

Today's Audio:

Download:

About Turkey

  • Primary Language: Turkish
  • Primary Religion: Islam
  • Evangelical: 0.0%
More News About Turkey
Info About Turkey
Data from the Joshua Project
Phone: 616-209-5420
Alt Phone: 855-446-7764
Web site

International Needs5570 32nd Ave
Hudsonville, MI
49426-1599

Call to action

Related News

Featured Mission Trip

Hope for India - 11/29/2014

Location: India
Magnificent historical sites attract millions of tourists and students from across India and the world to India's Rajasthan state. But the beautiful architecture can't cure the brokenness they carry with them--a cure that is only found in Jesus. Partnering with national India Campus Crusade for Christ® staff members and local churches, you will have the...
Find Out More About This Trip JFPWord_logo copy
  • Mobile Ad 1

    AaronShustUntoUSad166X166
  • Mobile Ad 2

    OpenDoorswebAD166x166
  • Mobile Ad 3

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • AaronShustUntoUSad166X247
  • OpenDoorswebAD166x166