While we who stand for Israel know that the Jewish state is the only country in the Middle East that freely allows people of all faiths to worship as they please, it is still disconcerting to see how Christians are treated elsewhere in the region. CBN News brings us an especially egregious case - an American pastor who has been charged in Turkey for evangelizing, which is being called an "act of terrorism":
Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who's been locked up in a Turkish jail for more than 500 days, could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Until now, he's been held without charges, but last week, a Turkish court approved a 62-page indictment against him. The charges include membership in an armed terrorist organization and military espionage.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which is helping Brunson's Turkish attorney, says the charges effectively make sharing the gospel an act of terrorism.
"Turkey has literally taken the position that Christianization is terrorism," ACLJ Senior Counsel Cece Heil told CBN News. "They have no specific evidence that Pastor Brunson has committed any crime. The fact that he is a Christian, and specifically a Christian pastor, is what they are equating as terrorism..."