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Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby repulsewarrior » Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:03 pm

I read about this a few weeks ago, it seemed ridiculous.

On January 27, police and customs officials raided Keating’s business in the Famagusta district, which also serves as the meeting place for a church.

They discovered 20 Bibles and 86 New Testaments in Farsi, 15 Bibles and 92 New Testaments in Arabic, and two boxes of John’s Gospels in both Farsi and Arabic.

The books were valued at between 48,000 and 58,000 Turkish lira (approximately $5,880 to $7,100). If convicted, Keating may be liable to pay a fine of 10 times that value.

https://barnabasfund.org/us/news/christ ... fter-bein/


...forced to leave Turkey, four years ago, (in affect as a "security concern"), Ryan Keating and his family moved to the illegally occupied territory in Cyprus, to continue pursuing his Faith; this is the result.

Is it that "Cypriot Turks" have these convictions too? Probably, but as a result, all the more reason for Turkish Cypriots to turn away from them.

...Easter is coming; should i get out the popcorn?
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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:52 am

...talking religion, here is another case where Turkey, has in its design for "Turkishness", a God, that "they" define.

Plaintiffs claim that, in implementing this policy, Turkey intended and ensured that Barkev’s direct knowledge of his family’s ancestral traditions and pilgrimage sites would not pass to future generations of Ghazarians.
http://asbarez.com/201664/u-s-federal-c ... tate-dept/



...sound familiar?
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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby repulsewarrior » Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:58 am

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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby Lordo » Tue Jul 06, 2021 11:04 am

repulsewarrior wrote:I read about this a few weeks ago, it seemed ridiculous.

On January 27, police and customs officials raided Keating’s business in the Famagusta district, which also serves as the meeting place for a church.

They discovered 20 Bibles and 86 New Testaments in Farsi, 15 Bibles and 92 New Testaments in Arabic, and two boxes of John’s Gospels in both Farsi and Arabic.

The books were valued at between 48,000 and 58,000 Turkish lira (approximately $5,880 to $7,100). If convicted, Keating may be liable to pay a fine of 10 times that value.

https://barnabasfund.org/us/news/christ ... fter-bein/


...forced to leave Turkey, four years ago, (in affect as a "security concern"), Ryan Keating and his family moved to the illegally occupied territory in Cyprus, to continue pursuing his Faith; this is the result.

Is it that "Cypriot Turks" have these convictions too? Probably, but as a result, all the more reason for Turkish Cypriots to turn away from them.

...Easter is coming; should i get out the popcorn?


If you bring stuff into the country for personal use when you enter, that tends to be tax free but if you bring stuff to sell, import duties apply. This is the same all over the world. Also to operate a business of any kind there are laws for that too.

This does seem to have nothing to do with what the materials are. Of course the same thing will happen to anybodt TC or otherwise. The other day there was a similar incident with a TC bringing cigarettes in from the south without a licence or at normal crossing point. He was also picked up. But what happened next was very interesting. He was taken to a police stationin Nicosia, and then released. Then the policeman who actually caught the bugger was transfered to another part of Cyprus far away. Whether the two incidences are connected who knows, but the fact that thy took place is real.

This is called smuggling by the way, he will go to court and he wil lalso be fined but last I heard the fine was about 4000 pounds. Perhaps that is a reflection on the value of the goods he had.

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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby repulsewarrior » Wed Jul 07, 2021 1:25 am

..."bible smuggling", and yet hardly worth the effort don't you think; he is not making a living from these books, if they are sold, at these quantities.

Indeed, Turkey is "99% Muslim", they (that is to say "they") are proud of that. Is this more of "that"? It is not hard to imagine.
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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby Lordo » Thu Jul 08, 2021 6:35 pm

repulsewarrior wrote:..."bible smuggling", and yet hardly worth the effort don't you think; he is not making a living from these books, if they are sold, at these quantities.

Indeed, Turkey is "99% Muslim", they (that is to say "they") are proud of that. Is this more of "that"? It is not hard to imagine.

The issue is not how much money he is making, the issue I suspect is that he is after converting Muslims to Christianity. If thats what he is doing, somebody should warn him that it is not safe to promote Christianity in northern Cyprus or Turkey. I knew a Christian TC once who went to Turkey to study at the University in the 60s and was trying to convert Turks to Christianity and he just about managed to escape with his life. There is another incident back in 1924 in Cyprus where a GC priest called Papa Charalambous Michelides was murdered for doing the same.

Before one tries to promote another religion one must understand the risks especially with the fringe elements in that country.
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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby repulsewarrior » Fri Jul 09, 2021 4:00 am

...the books are in Farsi; i don't know how many "Cypriot Turks" hail from Iran, being Persian, but Turkish Cypriots would not likely be able to read them.

...so, is the "State" in the occupied territories led by extremists, unable to allow this man his Liberty, willfully against the notion of one God? Is their brand of religion so weak?

...or is it like "Others" not unlike "Turks", they are unwilling to practice Goodwill?
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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby Lordo » Fri Jul 09, 2021 2:46 pm

repulsewarrior wrote:...the books are in Farsi; i don't know how many "Cypriot Turks" hail from Iran, being Persian, but Turkish Cypriots would not likely be able to read them.

...so, is the "State" in the occupied territories led by extremists, unable to allow this man his Liberty, willfully against the notion of one God? Is their brand of religion so weak?

...or is it like "Others" not unlike "Turks", they are unwilling to practice Goodwill?

I think you are missing one small bit of information. The police and the fire brigade in the north are not under the control of civilian authorities and has not been sine 1974. They are under the command of the Turkish Army. Erdogan's Model Army. I think thats says it alll don't you?
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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:34 am

I missed that little point?

It has nothing to do with money, or religion actually. It is about a dogma called "Turkishness" which the so called government in the occupied territories entertains to serve their "motherland", (and their own corruption).

...it is as i have said on many occasions, "Greeks" and "Turks" have very little differences, they may be adversaries, but in this case in Cyprus, such a notion as Cypriots who are free of their distinctions is their common enemy.
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Re: Arrested for the importation of Bibles?

Postby Oceanside50 » Sat Jul 10, 2021 10:02 pm

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