Timothy Head on Why Christians Should be Outraged by Erdogan’s Order to Turn Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s order last Friday to turn the Hagia Sophia from a secular museum into an active mosque not only flouts its importance as a Christian holy site but also puts in jeopardy the decades of religious dialogue and cooperation it has precipitated.

President Erdogan’s motive likely has very little to do with any deep sense of faith. Instead, he is clearly using the order to selfishly advance his own personal political agenda. His popularity among the Turkish people has been waning for several years, and this order appeals to his party’s conservative religious base.