John Fetterman’s support for religious freedom and justice in Turkey and the South Caucasus

We should congratulate the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania John Fetterman for his support of religious freedom in Turkey, the rule of law and justice in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Southern Caucasus. Regarding religious freedom in Turkey, he issued an explicit statement.

In the act, Fetterman expresses its opposition to Turkey’s treatment of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew:

He’s against it Turkey to place “the limitations on the religious freedom of the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Church and over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.”

He also states that, as an American senator, he:

Will support the Greek Orthodox struggle for religious freedom in Turkey and strongly believes[s] that Turkey must protect the religious freedoms of the Greek Orthodox Church.

  • Recognize Bartholomew as Ecumenical Patriarch.

  • Not interfere with the election of his successor.

  • Return confiscated properties to the church.

  • Convert Hagia Sophia in a museum, and reopen the Halki Seminar.

“I am aware of Turkey’s treatment of the Ecumenical Patriarch,” Fetterman pointed out, and

“I strongly support the urgency of President Biden and Secretary Blinken to support religious freedom for religious minorities in the region. I look forward to supporting the Orthodox Christian community in this fight and to promoting joint action among all religious leaders.

Fetterman’s Republican opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz, an American of Turkish descent who holds dual citizenship (American and Turkish), served in the Turkish military and voted in Turkish elections but not the American, does not oppose Turkey’s abuse of the Christian community orthodox. Besides his love for fire arms, the leading cause of death among American children, and being a election denier, Dr. Oz also denies that the Armenian Genocide past.

To his credit, Lieutenant Governor Fetterman, The Armenian Weekly, October 26, 2022 (armenianweekly.com), reported:

“Issued a series of statements outlining its support for Armenian Genocide affirmation and education, as well as a broad range of Armenian and Greek-American concerns. Lieutenant Governor Fetterman said:

– “As a Pennsylvanian, I have welcomed the U.S. government’s long-awaited recognition of the Armenian Genocide — by the U.S. House and Senate in 2019 and by President Biden in 2021 — and, as a U.S. Senator, I I will support the promotion of public education about this atrocity.”

– “I support the policy provisions – recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 23 – that require careful consideration of the US Military Aid to Azerbaijan (Speier Amendment), Demand State Department and Pentagon Reports on Azerbaijani War Crimes (Cardenas Amendment) and Demand Azerbaijani Release of Armenian POWs (Schiff Amendment) . “

– “I join Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez in calling for an immediate suspension of U.S. military assistance to Azerbaijan and a robust U.S. humanitarian assistance program for the victims of Azerbaijani aggression in Artsakh and Armenia.”

— “I also support the NDAA amendment passed in the House (Pappas amendment) and presented in the Senate (Menendez amendment). With regard to Greece and Cyprus, Senator Menendez’s two historic pieces of legislation that have been signed into law – the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act 2019 and the Inter-Parliamentary Partnership and defense between the United States and Greece – promote United States interests and values. I support the continued and full implementation of Senator Menendez’s legislation.

The Pappas Amendment, adopted in the Senate by Senator Menendez, blocks the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey unless Ankara stops violating Greece’s sovereignty.

The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act 2019, authorizes new security aid for Cyprus and Greece and allows the former to buy American weapons. It also allows “the creation of a United States-Eastern Mediterranean energy center to facilitate energy cooperation between the United States, Israel, Greece and Cyprus”.

The US-Greek Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021, “strengthens support for the modernization of the Greek military by authorizing further transfers of US military equipment and fostering increased multilateral engagement between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the United States.”

Dr. Oz refuses to condemn the Turkish autocratic regime for destroying freedom, rights and democracy in Turkey. He remains silent while Erdoğan unleashes antisemitic attacks and calls the Jews “nazis.”

The liberal PAC activists, “Truly American” is very concerned about Dr Oz’s Turkish Connections. Many people fear that it is a threat to the national security of the United States if he becomes a senator. Even the Washington Post, who often singles out and conceals Turkey’s human rights abuses and imperialism, has expressed concerns about Dr. Oz’s close ties to Turkey.

Behind the curtain of Dr Oz“, an article published by Benjamin Baird in The National exam (December 23, 2021) and republished by The Middle East Forum, is also alarming.

“After announcing his decision to run for the US Senate from Pennsylvania, famed physician Mehmet Oz was publicly castigated for peddling “miracle” weight loss supplements and other medical misinformation. However, voters in Pennsylvania should be far more concerned about the daytime TV star’s ties to Turkey’s Islamist government.

Oz’s ties to Turkey’s authoritarian Justice and Development Party (AKP) extend to foreign agents and proxies accused of operating a secret hall in the United States and spying on American citizens. These associations raise pressing questions about the Senate candidate’s loyalty to an illiberal, often antagonist foreign government which finds itself increasingly at variance with American interests.

Baird pointed out.

In a 2019 interview with TRT TURK, Dr. Oz acknowledged meeting with Erdoğan and bragged about her relationship with him.

“I met our leader in Turkey. There is the question of how I can help Turkey as a representative,”

Dr. Oz explained.

Currently, big differences separate the United States and Turkey from Erdoğan:

Erdoğan’s regime is tearing up Turkey’s democratic standards, violating human rights, and to jail journalists and political opponents.

The Turkish leader has significantly reduced the womens rights.

Die to Divorce (2021), a British documentary directed by Chloe Fairweather depicts the brutal treatment of women in Turkey. President Erdoğan told his audience, “We cannot put women and men on an equal footing” and “It’s against nature.”

The Turkish regime was also notoriously brutal towards LGBT communities.

Erdoğan is comfortable with Putin and says Turkey plans to buy more Russian defense systems (S-400 missiles).

Although a member of NATO, Turkey plays a double-dealing In the war of Ukraine.

Turkey threatens Greece, Cyprus, and the Kurds in Syria, friends and allies of the United States.

Ankara targets Armenia and encourages Azerbaijan’s aggression.

Terrorist Turkey accuses Finland and Sweden of supporting terroristsand blocks their entry into NATO.

Erdoğan’s imperialism and neo-Ottoman ambitions collide with President Biden’s vision of a world order based on the rule of law.

Decades of placating and pampering the Turks, ignoring their aggression and human rights abuses, and overestimating Turkey’s strategic value and importance have taken their toll. They made the Turkish rulers believe that they are invulnerable and can commit crimes because they can escape punishment.

Turkey is not vital for the United States The United States and its allies won all their critical battles (WW1, WW2 and Cold War), while Turkey was on the other side or was neutral. As the Turks sided with America’s enemies or refrained from participating in these conflicts, the United States and its friends could not have won if Turkey had been of crucial importance.

On the contrary, the United States is of vital importance to Turkey. It is undeniable that Ankara is militarily and economically dependent on the United States and the West to survive. This is therefore, absurd at Continue sustain and pamper the hostile turkish diet at Check and prevent the expansion of other evil and dangerous governments.

Rather than peacemakers and apologists for human rights abusers and violators, we need leaders in our government (both congress and executive) who can:

Distinguish between good and evil.

Fight for justice and respect international law.

Recognize, as President Biden does, that the rule of law and democratic principles best serve American interests and humanity.

Continue to refuteas President Biden did in Ukraine, Putin’s claims that we “are all the same: practicing double standards, preaching values ​​to camouflage the pursuit of our own interests, and deploying propaganda to weaken our enemies” (Michael McFaul, 2018).

Dr. Mehmet Oz does not possess these leadership qualities.

Elna M. Lemons