Ask House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce to issue a statement in support of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a museum and World Heritage Site open to all and appreciated for its stunning architecture and history, including its history as a Byzantine era basilica. However, there is a growing movement in Turkey to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. On Wednesday night a Koran reading and Muslim prayers were held in Hagia Sophia and attended by Turkish government officials, while Turkey's state television channel broadcast the religious service on national television.
The Greek Foreign Ministry condemned the holding of Muslim prayers at Hagia Sophia:
Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO world heritage site. The attempt to convert it into a mosque – through reading of the Koran, holding of prayers, and a number of other actions – is an affront to the international community, which needs to be duly mobilized and to react...
We call on Turkey to conduct itself as a modern and democratic country, to protect the ecumenical nature of Hagia Sophia, and to respect the age-old tradition of this global monument. 
Sign this petition asking House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce to issue a statement against the creeping conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The more attention we bring to this "creeping conversion" of Hagia Sophia, the more likely it will be that we will succeed in protecting and preserving this historic site. 



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2420 2.6 years ago Gregory Keith Tobkes East Meadow, NY, , US Never was a godforsaken mosque nor ever will be!
2419 3.4 years ago Maria Rentel Yonkers, , US FREE CONSTANTINOPLE
2418 3.4 years ago Anonymous College Point, , US
2417 3.4 years ago Leia Sahyoun Brooklyn , , US
2416 4.5 years ago Michael Papadakis Chania-Crete, GR We strongly support you. Hagia Sophia is a historic landmark for all the world and absolutely not a place of political comparison. Unfortunately Turkey and especially its fanatic political system is...
2415 4.8 years ago Hagia Sophia LovingKindness Paris, , FR Stop dividing the world into boxes and spreading hatred and racism. Our world needs love, compassion, and acceptance. Enough is enough!
2414 4.9 years ago Vassiliki Lyras TABERNACLE TOWNSHIP, , US
2413 4.9 years ago Panagiotis Ioannou Nestoras Maroussi Attica, GR
2412 4.9 years ago S Economou New York, , US
2411 5 years ago Dimitris Horiatis stamford, , US
2410 5 years ago Larry Gillispie Lake Dallas, , US
2409 5 years ago Despina Anastasiou Astoria, , US
2408 5 years ago dimitris aslan Albany, , GR
2407 5 years ago dimitris aslan Albany, , GR
2406 5 years ago Alexia Tsakiris West Long Branch, , US
2405 5 years ago Anonymous Athens, , US
2404 5.1 years ago Alysha Triantafillou Lords Valley, , US
2403 5.1 years ago Helen Nayar Newton, , US Another abuse against sites sacred to its Christian minority. Turkey once again shows it's true face.
2402 5.1 years ago Maria Maglaris Sherman Oaks, , US
2401 5.1 years ago Constantine Spyropoulos Teaneck, , US
2400 5.1 years ago Giorgos Mavroeidis Heraklion, , GR
2399 5.1 years ago GEORGE PATERAKIS SCOTTSDALE, , US
2398 5.1 years ago Anonymous NEW YORK, , US
2397 5.1 years ago Milton Paidas Marousi, , GR
2396 5.1 years ago Georgia Athanasopoulos Roslyn Heights, New York, , US I have visited Haiga Sophia, it would be a shame and a crime to take away this historic site from the masses. Hagia Sophia, as it stands today, gives an opportunity for people of all faiths to take ...
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