Action Alert: U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney Introduces Resol'n Urging Turkey to Respect Rights of Ecumenical Patriarchate

Background for H.Res 373

On May 3, 2007, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.Res. 373 that urges Turkey to respect the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The legislation is in response to Turkey’s continued refusal to recognize the Patriarchate as “Ecumenical” Patriarchate who is the spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. Turkey closed the Halki Seminary School in 1971, thus crippling its ability to train clergy. Through the years, Turkey has illegally seized property owned and operated by the Patriarchate.

The original cosponsors for H.Res 373 are Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Henry Brown, Jr. (R-SC), James McGovern (D-MA), Michael McNulty (D-NY), Frank Pallone (D-NJ). John Sarbanes (D-MD), Zachary Space (D-OH), and Diane Watson (D-CA).

This legislation urges Turkey to grant the Ecumenical Patriarchate appropriate international recognition, rights to train clergy of all nationalities, and respect human rights and property rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The American Hellenic Institute urges you to contact your representative to cosponsor and support H.RES. 373.

Action Alert

Call, fax, or email your representatives t
o cosponsor H.Res. 373

How to Contact Your Representatives

1. Via E-mail by visiting Enter your state and zip code. Fill out the electronic form of your name and address. Write and submit your message or letter.

2. Via Phone. The US Capitol Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Ask to be connected to your representative's office. Ask to speak to the staff person responsible for international relations issues.

3. Via Fax. Visit and enter your zip code. Click on the link to your representative’s web site. Locate the “Contact” or “Constituent Services” button on your representative’s Web site to find the fax number for your representative’s office.

4. Via standard U.S. mail--see your representative's website at above URL's. Because this method may require a much longer delivery time for security reasons, we recommend instead email or fax. (See above.)

(Posting date 04 May 2007

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