To get a better idea of how
Turcophobia has seeped into the soul of the West, it's important to remember
the causes are centuries old. Imagine getting permission from the top
religious leader to disrespect Jesus' teachings to love all of humanity, and
to PROCLAIM THE TURK AS THE EVERLASTING ENEMY.
Quotes from the
Bull of the Convocation of the Holy Ecumenical COUNCIL OF TRENT under Pope Paul III
"Whilst we desired the commonwealth to be safe and protected against the arms and
insidious designs of the INFIDELS [MOHAMMEDANS], yet, because of our transgressions and
the guilt of us all, indeed, because of the wrath of God hanging over us by reason of our
sins, Rhodes has been lost, Hungary ravaged, war by land and sea intended and planned
against Italy, and against Austria and Illyria, since THE TURK, OUR GODLESS AND RUTHLESS
ENEMY, was never at rest and looked upon our mutual enmities and dissensions as his
fitting opportunity to carry out his designs with success."
"In the meantime, THE TURK, OUR CRUEL AND EVERLASTING ENEMY,
having attacked Italy with a powerful fleet, captured, sacked and ravaged several cities
on the shores of Apulia and carried off as booty the inhabitants, while we, in the
greatest fear and general danger, were occupied in fortifying our shores and in furnishing
assistance to the nearest neighboring localities."
"Wherefore, beholding with the bitterest grief of our soul that the affairs of
Christendom were becoming worse, Hungary OPPRESSED BY THE TURKS, Germany endangered, and
all other states overwhelmed with apprehension and grief, we resolved to wait no longer
for the consent of any prince, but to look solely to the will of the Almighty God and to
the good of the Christian commonwealth"
"...we may in the holy and ecumenical council, in a better and easier manner
consider, and with the charity of all concurring to one end, ponder, discuss, execute and
bring speedily and happily to the desired result whatever things pertain to the purity and
truth of the Christian religion, to the restoration of what is good and the correction of
bad morals, to the peace, unity and harmony of Christians among themselves, of the princes
as well as of the people, and whatever is necessary to repulse those ATTACKS OF BARBARIANS
[TURKS] and INFIDELS [MOHAMMEDANS] whereby they seek the overthrow of all
TURK-HATRED, CIRCA 1576
Anti-Turkish propaganda and
discrimination is not only one of the oldest examples of psychological warfare, its
duration surpasses by far even the leyenda negra which swept Spain, reaching a new
peak in recent years due to concerted action by Erivan and Athens.
horror propaganda has quite a tradition:
Around 1576, Jacopo Ligozzi created a cruel miniature
entitled Mufti -11 Papa Delli Turchi (a mufti depicted
as the pope of Turkey) with a mostro, thus insinuating
that Turkish religious leaders were masters of "monsters"
It is: a cocktail of inferiority complex, envy and ignorance; the fame of the Turkish
soldier, fantasies of Turkish love life and history of Turkish civilisation. All that
created an atmosphere which had already culminated half a millennium ago in pictures
like that of the Mufti, (The "pope" of the Turks") and his tool, a
mostro (monster) — the Turkish nation. An answer is long overdue.
Source: Eric Feigl, A MYTH OF ERROR (Not "Terror"!)
FIRST SESSION of the Holy and Ecumenical COUNCIL OF TRENT
celebrated under the sovereign pontiff, Paul III, on the thirteenth day of December
in the year of the Lord 1545
Decree concerning the opening of the council:
Pope Paul III:
"Does it please you, for the praise and glory of the holy and undivided
Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the advance and exaltation of the
Christian faith and religion, FOR THE EXTIRPATION OF HERESIES, for the peace and
unity of the Church, for the reform of the clergy and Christian people, FOR THE
SUPPRESSION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE ENEMIES OF THE CHRISTIAN NAME, to decree and
declare that the holy and general Council of Trent begins and has begun?"
They (the bishops and cardinals) answered: It pleases us.
"From the fourteenth to the end of the
seventeenth century the Ottoman Empire was almost continuously at war with the
Christian Powers of Western Europe. The terror inspired by the Turkish name among
all the European peoples was largely responsible for the widely spread popular
belief that the Turks were a race of uncivilized barbarians who, wherever they went,
left nothing but smoking ruins behind them and stamped out every vestige of
civilization. Religious fanaticism, coupled with the fear born of unbroken Turkish
military successes, resulted in creating among some detractors of the Turks a state
of mind which rendered them for the most part incapable of viewing Turkey and the
Turks with an objective and unbiased eye."
Alexander Pallis, Greek scholar
"Until the end of the seventeenth century
the 'Ottoman peril' lurked alongside Europe to represent for the whole of Christian
civilization a constant danger, and in time European civilization incorporated that
peril and its lore, its great events, figures, virtues, and vices, as something
woven into the fabric of life."
Edward Said, "Orientalism"
Pope Paul III (1468–1549) was a Roman named Alessandro
Farnesepope, and served as pope between 1534-49. His pronouncements, among many other
hate-filled messages, had a profound effect upon European Christians, a prejudice that is
felt to this day. Let's bear in mind Christian European countries had many other enemies
besides the Turks... at the head of which were other Christian European countries. But the
peoples from these other nations didn't receive a Godly go-ahead to become dehumanized and
Paul embraces the mother of Agca, Muzeyen
Of course there is a difference between
"medieval" popes and modern ones. Let's not forget the humanity and true
Christianity of Pope John Paul II, who forgave and fought for the pardon of his would-be
Turkish assassin Mehmet Ali Agca. (Extradited, the criminal was jailed in Turkey on a
killing prior to the papal assassination bid.)