Thursday, March 3, 2011
Turkishness in Full Force Armenian and Greek Beware
"I am a Greek American woman. My mother is a Greek American woman. My grandmother is a Greek woman from the island of Lesvos who became an American citizen because she wanted to. My mom's dad was a Greek Turk who became an American citizen after fleeing Turkey with his life. My dad is a Greek American man. His parents are Greek Turks who became American citizens because the country they were born in did not like Greeks, Armenians or Orthodox Christians or Christians. His mom and her seven sister's were hidden in a well while the Turks ransacked, murdered and raped other people in their village. The Turks burned the earth to the sea to kill as many people as they could and the ones the fire did not kill the army did and the one that made it and lived is the reason why I am here. And some of you ask why I want Religious Freedom in Turkey. My Family sacrificed there lives for their heritage and their faith. The blood that courses through my veins is special and rich with history that I do not want to forget. Because of Bishop Savas, Angela and Elias I think I am finding my voice. We talk about Post traumatic stress disorder of men coming home form war today. WE SHOULD SUE THE PANTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY FOR WHAT THEY DID TO OUR FAMILIES. they owe us big time".
--Helen D. Limberakis Sampsonis