Turkey: Pope’s remarks ‘to accelerate Hagia Sophia’s conversion into mosque’

Pope Francis’ labeling of the mass killings of the Ottoman Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century” will only accelerate the reopening of Hagia Sophia to Muslim worship, the top Islamic official in Ankara has suggested.

“Frankly, I believe that the pope’s remarks will only accelerate the process for Hagia Sophia to be re-opened for [Muslim] worship,” Professor Mefail Hızlı, the mufti of Ankara, said in a written statement released late April 15.

According to Hızlı, the pope’s statement “has reflected a modern color of the crusader wars launched in these lands for centuries.” These lands have long been the “standard bearer” of the Muslim world, meaning many enemies, both from inside and outside of the country, have been launching attacks with different methods.

“The statement that the Catholic world’s spiritual leader pope delivered three days ago, saying Armenians had been subjected to a genocide, is extremely spectacular,” Hızlı said, noting that the pope’s statement was intruding on the realm of historians and was hastily made…

Big deal. They were going to do it anyway.

Related: Erdoğan says European Parliament’s 1915 vote shows enmity against Turkey (full of self-pity, a Muslim specialty)

  • Nuke Turkey.

  • Mal

    It will get converted back. I’m not sure if it’ll be within his own lifetime; but I’d like that.

  • andycanuck

    My most fervent wish is that Hagia Sophia will one day be known as the Ground Zero Mosque.

    • simus1

      When the salifist demo experts take over turkey, their makeover of it will be called Saladin Park.

      • andycanuck

        “Ground Zero Park” has a certain ring to it too, simus1!

  • Dana Garcia

    Any excuse to go full Islam and erase Ataturk.

  • Oh, do they?

  • Jay Currie

    The sadest thing is that the 4th Crusade actually hastened the end of Byzantinium and lead directly to the Muzzies taking over.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep. Most unfortunate.

  • WalterBannon

    If they are going to do this the nuke it

  • Hard Little Machine

    We’re tired of Erdoglork screaming that whatever anyone says or doesn’t say or does or doesn’t do or thinks feels or smiles at will make his behavior even worse. He acts like a 7 year old.