Tell the President No More Empty Promises On Halki

The Halki School of Theology in Turkey is a critically important seminary for Greek Orthodox Christians around the world; the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church is selected from its alumni. Yet for over 40 years, Halki has been unable to operate because the government of Turkey has refused to recognize the religious rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In March, President Barack Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The President noted that he was "pleased to hear of his decision to reopen the Halki seminary." However, after that meeting, Turkish officials made clear that the government of Turkey has no plans to reopen the school. According to a statement made by Turkey's EU Minister Egemen Bagis on March 26, "negotiations are stuck."  

Send a letter to the President and ask that he trust but verify when it comes to Turkey's lip service about religious freedom.