ISTANBUL–Several unidentified assailants–while yelling anti-Christian insults–fired shots at the historic St. Gregory Church in Gesaria (Kayseri)–Turkey as outrage over the anti-Islamic cartoons published throughout Europe continues to grow in Turkey and the Muslim world.
The handful of Armenia’s that still reside in Gesaria notified the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul about the attack and voiced their concern about their safety.
Since the events–the county of Kayseri has taken the church under its protection. There are now overnight guards placed at the church to ensure its safety.
The patriarch in Istanbul has said that Muslim outrage over the offensive Danish cartoons depicting Mohammad has led to anti-Western and anti-Christian sentimen’s and protests in Turkey–just as in the rest of the Muslim World.
He said that Muslims have very right to express their anger about the cartoons. But he said attacking a minority population’s place of worship is pointless and unforgivable. He added that any kind of violence is inexcusable.