Christian Groups Denounce Detention of U.S. Pastor in Turkey

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(VOA News) Christian groups are denouncing the jailing of an American pastor who has been detained for nearly a month in isolation in Turkey, accused of posing what officials call a “national security threat.”

Authorities and the representatives of Protestant Christian community in Turkey say that Andrew Brunson, who has been a Protestant missionary in Turkey for more than 20 years, is being held at the Izmir detention facility.

He and his wife, Norine Brunson, who led the Protestant Resurrection Church in the city of Izmir, were detained October 7, Turkish officials confirmed. Norine Brunson was released October 20 and ordered to leave the country.

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  • David van Heerden

    Turkey is trying a little too hard to try to fit in with the godless European Union.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Atheism/secularism and paganisms have no human rights or freedom of conscience. Christianity alone provides those.