Quotes: Erdogan & Northern Cyprus

Not surprising, but I didn’t know this was going on, to considerable protest: the aggressive Islamification of Turkish Cyprus:

When the Hula Sultan mosque in Nicosia opens its doors this year, it will be able to accommodate 3,000 worshippers. Many faithful will be settlers – mainland Turks brought in initially in the 1970s as part of efforts to “Turkify” the north.

“It is not only that Turkish Cypriots have become a minority in their own country, they are now trying to replace the secular education system with religious schools,” said Elcil. “Over 400 imams have been sent here as missionaries to target the children of settlers. Instead of English, lessons in Arabic and the Qur’an are being taught. Religion has never been a point of conflict in Cyprus, nationalism, yes, but not this.”

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Friday Photos #51: Faith and Worship, a Photo Tour

Here is a good long photo tour that shows whatever their origin theory and wherever they are, people believe in a greater power, a force beyond. Click to enlarge any of these, and please enjoy them:

Bhutan
We begin in Bhutan, at a ceremony in the watchtower of the Tongsa Dzong, Tongsa.

StPatricks
This is the elaborate interior of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.

Sikkim
Prayer flags fly above prayer wheels at Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, Sikkim, India.

Addis

These are worshippers at Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox church, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

RapaNui

Elders venerated (we guess) at Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island (Rapa Nui).

Goreme

Whirling Dervish ‘Sema’ performance at the Seljuk caravanserai at Sarihan, Turkey.

Cholon

This is a Buddhist temple in the Cholon district of Saigon, Vietnam.

Kyiv

A service in St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral, Kyiv, Ukraine in March, 2013.

AngkorWat

Monks at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Havana

Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana, Havana, Cuba.

Buryatia

Prayer wheel in Buddhist monastery, or datsun, in Ivolginsk, Buryatian Autonomous Republic, Siberia, Russia.

Georgia

14th century Trinity Church (Tsminda Sameba) near Mt. Kazbek, Caucasus mountains, Republic of Georgia.

Burma

Shwemawdaw pagoda, Bago, Burma.

Iceland

The Fearsome Hallgrim’s Church, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Vientiane

Wat That Luang, Vientaine, Laos.

Lhasa

Yak butter lamps, Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet.

oman2

Interior of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman.

WesternWall

Orthodox Jewish men at the Western Wall at night, Jerusalem, Israel.

Pope

Pope John Paul II in the Popemobile, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Duomo

The Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Sva;bard

Orthodox Church at the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, Svalbard.

Fez

Men at mosque, old city, Fez, Morocco.

Prague

The ceiling at St. Nicholas church, Prague, Czech Republic.

Armenia

Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia and Mt. Ararat, Turkey.

There are more photos in the Worship section of EarthPhotos.com. And see all the other fifty weeks of Friday Photos.

A good weekend to all!

On Brunei’s Sharia Law

Others have begun to note Brunei’s implementation of Sharia (see my earlier article here or here). Among them are entertainers Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Fry, who are organizing a boycott of ten luxury hotels owned by the Sultan and his family: The Dorchester, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Plaza Athénée, Hotel Meurice, Principe di Savoia, Hotel Bel-Air, Coworth Park, 45 Park Lane, Le Richemond and Hotel Eden.

I know they’re entirely well meaning and I applaud and support the effort.

But Ms. DeGeneres’s tweet, “I won’t be visiting the Hotel Bel-Air or the Beverly Hills Hotel until this is resolved” – somehow, I don’t know, it just doesn’t strike me as fighting fire with fire.

You know what though? I’ll show ’em. Neither will I!

Wednesday HDRs – Churches

Click to enlarge. More in the Worship Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

churches1St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.

 

churches2Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 

churches3Rigas Doms, the Riga Cathedral, Riga, Latvia.

 

churches4La Iglesia de la Merced, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama.

 

churches6Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana, Havana, Cuba.

 

churches7Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon, Vietnam.

 

churches8Rigas Doms, Riga Cathedral HDR, Riga, Latvia.

 

churches9The Duomo, Milan, Italy.

 

churches10St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.

 

churches11,jpgSt. James Church, the oldest Anglican church in the southern hemisphere, St. Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean.