Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan uses religion as a tool to achieve party and geopolitical goals and insults all civilized humanity, said the head of the Hellenic Orthodox Church, Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome.
His brief statement on Erdogan’s decision to make the Hagia Sophia a mosque was distributed by the Athens news agency AMNA.
“The transformation of religion into a tool for achieving partisan, geopolitical, and geostrategic benefits characterizes the one who does it. Provocation and insult concern not only Orthodoxy and Christianity in general, but also the entire civilized humanity, every thinking person, regardless of religion. Stubbornly climbs into trouble,” said Jerome.
Jerome declared on July 5 that the Turks would not dare to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
The State Council of Turkey – the country’s highest administrative court-on July 10 annulled the decision of 1934 to turn the Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree to turn the Cathedral into a mosque and start Muslim services there.