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"I am a Christian and I do not want to serve in a Muslim army."

Are these the Militant Christians that Rosie O'Donnell was so worried about?

Italian police said the hijackers had given themselves up after a short period of negotiations.

Turkish television initially quoted police sources as saying the plane had been hijacked in protest at a planned visit to Turkey next month by the Pope, who offended many Muslims with a speech last month linking the spread of the Islamic faith to violence.

But Turkish television later reported one of the hijackers had converted to Christianity and was a conscientious objector.

It said he had sent a letter to the Pope in late August, asking for his help to avoid compulsory military service in Turkey. It quoted the letter as reading: "I am a Christian and I do not want to serve in a Muslim army."

Comments (4)

I dont either! Bless His so... (Below threshold)

I dont either! Bless His soul.

Perhaps this is why some ne... (Below threshold)

Perhaps this is why some news reports had the passengers applauding the hijackers.

It might be worth noting th... (Below threshold)

It might be worth noting that Turkey's army, like it's government, is secular, not Muslim. Most Turks, like most of it's army, are practicing Muslims.

ddnuc:I hope you w... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:


I hope you were trying to be ironic and funny in your post. If not...






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