Jehovah’s Witnesses open ‘Hall of Worship’ in KKTC
ANTALYA – Jehovah’s Witnesses opened a “Hall of Worship” in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC). According to the principle of freedom of religion and conscience KKTC assigned a building to a religious group where they will be able to worship.
Mete Suer, spokesperson for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, said that this was the application of the principle of secularism that should serve as an example for countries worldwide.
About 130 years ago in the U.S., a small religious group started to study the Bible because they were disturbed by the application of Bible doctrines by the religions of Christendom. This group was later called Jehova’s Witnesses. No matter what religious leaders, theologians and other persons thoughts were, they searched carefully the basic teachings of the Bible and then openly taught the true meaning and application of God’s word. The same will be done in the “Hall of Worship” of Jehovah’s Witnesses in KKTC.
In KKTC there are 30-40, Turkey 1,700 and worldwide more than six million Jehovah’s Witnesses. The new hall is located in Lefkosa on Bozova Sokak No. 14, Yenisehir. The government office gave permission to use the building as a place of worship.
On the occasion of the dedication of the hall a meeting was held on Saturday evening for Turkish and foreign members at the Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel. Suer expressed his happiness for being able to obtain such a fine hall.
Suer pointed out, that according to Article 1 of the constitution KKTC is a secular State. Many states, although pretending to be secular suppress religios minorities. Suer added, “If a country is secular, in its acts of worship and religious services it should be equal before the State.”
For the first worship 304 Turkish and foreign visitors attended. Suer concluded with these words, “We appreceate that this hall of worship was assigned to us and that we could perform our first worship here.
Turkish Daily News