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Turkey’s Erdogan chides Obama for silence on N.C. Muslim murders

The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday criticized President Obama for his silence following the killings of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week, the latest sign relations between the two leaders have become strained.

The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.

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The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.

Speaking alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a state visit to Latin America’s No. 2 economy, Erdogan said the silence of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry was “telling” and they should take a position following such acts.

“If you stay silent when faced with an incident like this, and don’t make a statement, the world will stay silent towards you,” Erdogan said, condemning those responsible for the crime.

The three Muslims were shot dead on Tuesday near the University of North Carolina campus in an incident police said was possibly a hate crime. The White House said on Wednesday it would await the results of the police investigation before commenting.

Newlywed Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were gunned down on Tuesday in a condominium about two miles from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.

Police charged the couple’s neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, with murder. Investigators say initial findings indicate a dispute over parking prompted the shooting but they are looking into whether Hicks was motivated by hatred toward the victims because they were Muslim.

Turkey, a European Union candidate nation and member of the NATO military alliance, is a key U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic jihadists. But Erdogan, a devout Sunni Muslim, has become increasingly outspoken about what he sees as rising Islamophobia in the West.

Last year, Erdogan said his relations with Obama had become strained and that he no longer spoke directly with him as he was disappointed by a lack of U.S. action over the war in neighboring Syria. Erdogan said he instead spoke with Biden over issues such as Iraq.

Despite working together to combat the Islamic State, differences have arisen between the United States and Turkey over how best to tackle the insurgents.

Turkey has been an opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backing rebels fighting to oust him and allowing the political opposition to organize on Turkish soil. It long lobbied for international intervention in the war. (Reporting by Alberto Fajardo; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter and Christine Murray; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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  • Hate crimes have become a reality and a fashion statement in our present society. Taking a human life for any reason may that be islamophobia or a parking dispute is not justified nor is it excusable. My deepest sympathies go to the families of the victims, but my sympathies or attention by the media will not ensure that such injustice to humankind does not take place again. We need to spread awareness in the entire world of peace and of tolerance to educate and inform our generation that violence is not the answer to any problem. The peace that Islam teaches also sheds light on the benovelent and full of wisdom teachings that can surely lead any nation to combat evil and hatred.

  • Our Prince of Peace, Jesus, (Isaiah 9:6) guarantees and will provide true peace and security to all meek mankind during the upcoming millennial of his kingdom or heavenly goverment (Daniel 2:44; Matthew 4:17).

    There will be no more wicked ones on our home, earth (Psalm 37:10,11). Sickness, disease, old age and even death will become things of the past, never to be endured again (Revelation 21:1-4).

    All of these blessings will come from God and his government and not at all from man and his governments.

  • Does Erdogan denounce the billion-plus silent Muslim voices when Christians are murdered day in and day by their fellow Muslims?

    While this travesty is heart-breaking, why is it that so many “Muslim leaders” do not ever call out each other for their lack of contending against Muslim genocide of Christians in Islamic country after Islamic country?

    If it denouncing religious based murders that Muslim leaders demand, they need to look and shout no further than at their own hands and their own front yards.

  • Yes, Fran

    Only the religion of Love will triumph over evil. When there is a lack of Love, then God is not present. When Love abides, evil recedes, and the righteous triumph (1John 4:8). But sadly, in our day, 300 Christians are being beheaded or burned alive daily in Syria & Iraq because they will not deny their Lord Jesus Christ. These churches have been in that territory since the time of the Apostles, yet at present they are being blown up weekly, and destroyed. When we see the sad case in North Carolina, then that should be a wake up call to all of us. Three lives were taken by some mentally unstable person over a parking space; over in Iraq & Syria, the same is happening on a larger scale to our Christian brothers and sisters at the hands of ISIS, yet nobody seems to care. There is no love where these atrocities occur, and where there is no Love, God is not present, as he is the only Source of Love (1John 4:16).

  • Ken,

    “…why is it that so many “Muslim leaders” do not ever call out each other for their lack of contending against Muslim genocide of Christians in Islamic country after Islamic country?”

    How true. Enemies of the truth behave like that.

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