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Albert Mohler: Turkey And The Powerful President

Billy Graham

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently announced that his government has won a big political victory. In a referendum vote, Turkey has amended its constitution to concentrate power in a single person, namely the president.

This referendum reminds us that when human beings are given the choice between liberty and security, they often choose security. The reason is that part of the necessary foundation for freedom is that very security.

This partially explains why liberty has been such a fragile reality throughout much of the world and in particular throughout the Middle East. Where you find instability, you will find people that crave for that stability even at the cost of liberty.

It may turn out that the voters in Turkey have made a very bad deal in concentrating power in its presidency. But many people in Turkey do have the luxury that many in Europe and North America experience.

We need to remember that stability is, indeed, a necessary prerequisite for liberty.

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Albert Mohler: Coptic Christians Embattled In The Middle East

Billy Graham

Two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt were attacked by ISIS affiliated suicide bombers on Palm Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that, “the Copts have long been a favored target of extremists—they were struck with a similar church bombing just weeks before the country’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising, and Islamic militants gave them a particular focus during a crackdown on them in the 1990s—but the past five months been particularly bloody. U.S.-based think tank the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy said the attacks brought the total number of sectarian incidents against Copts to 26 in 2017, with a total of 88 killed including those at a major church bombing in December.”

What we saw in Egypt was no accident. These were intentional attacks, carried out when these churches were filled for the Christian observation of Palm Sunday.

This most recent attack puts in sharp relief the increasingly embattled plight of Christian minorities throughout the Middle East.

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