Ask the International Religious Freedom Caucus to issue a statement in support of Hagia Sophia

Daily reading of the Quran at Hagia Sophia? That's what Turkey is proposing:

On Monday, the Foreign Ministry in Athens condemned the decision by Turkish authorities to allow a daily reading from the Quran to be broadcast from Hagia Sophia during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, describing it as “verging on bigotry” and “not compatible with modern, democratic and secular societies.”

“Muslim rituals in a monument of world cultural heritage are incomprehensible and reveal a lack of respect for and connection with reality,” the statement said.

This is on top of the report last year that a commission in Turkish parliament is considering an application by citizens to turn the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the bill that has been introduced in parliament to restore Hagia Sophia to a "symbol of the Conquest of Istabul" and in November, and Turkey's deputy prime minister promising that the building would be "smiling" again as a mosque soon.

This is unacceptable. 

Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica which served as the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. When the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque but was eventually opened as a museum on February 1, 1935. We have already delivered over 25,000 signatures to UNESCO against the proposed status change. Sign this petition asking the International Religious Freedom Caucus in Congress to issue a statement against the creeping conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. 

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3799 4.2 years ago Jan Aydin Solna, SE
3798 4.2 years ago Sarantis Stamboulakis Yea, Victoria, Australia., , AU
3797 4.2 years ago Kristina Kogias Sydney, AU
3796 4.2 years ago niki goumenis montreal, , CA
3795 4.2 years ago Anonymous Highland, , US
3794 4.2 years ago Anonymous West Palm Beach, , US
3793 4.2 years ago joe teleoglou glen allen, , US This is obviously another way of Turkey flexing it's muscles to the West. Hagia Sophia is a symbol of their conquest over Christianity. They have plenty of empty Mosques in the pearl city. This is T...
3792 4.2 years ago Diana Avagyan Los Angeles , , US
3791 4.2 years ago Irene Andreadis Los Angeles, , US
3790 4.2 years ago Waldemar Prokopiuk La Mesa, , US
3789 4.2 years ago Niki Spourgitis London, , CA
3788 4.2 years ago NINETTA TSALKANI athens, , GR
3787 4.2 years ago Anonymous Groton, , US This building is a Greek Orthodox Church, not a Mosque.
3786 4.2 years ago John Ananiadis Markham, , CA
3785 4.2 years ago Clare Reese Walla Walla, , US
3784 4.2 years ago Professor S.A. Mousalimas Chalfont St Peter, GB Allowing it to be used by hard-line Muslims as a "symbol of conquest" is the same as endorsing the violent conquest and promoting barbarism.
3783 4.2 years ago Anonymous LIMASSOL, , CY
3782 4.2 years ago Nina Melachrinos West orange, , US Protect the Aghia Sophia by returning it to its original function as an Orthodox Church. This is a desecration of the hundreds of years it symbolized Eastern Orthodoxy. Use alternative mosques fo...
3781 4.2 years ago Anonymous Athens, GR
3780 4.2 years ago Anonymous Athens, GR
3779 4.2 years ago Conrad ALLAN , US
3778 4.2 years ago Conrad , US
3777 4.2 years ago Anastasia Kyriakou Lefcosia, CY
3776 4.2 years ago Basileios Naoum Athens, , GR The daily reading of Quran should be done in Blue Mosque of Constantinople.
3775 4.2 years ago Katherine Cramer Goldendale, , US If we must never have our beloved church returned then let it stand as a museum. Please no more insults and desacrations by using our most sacred church for another religion's activities.
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