Pastor Andrew Brunson becomes a Hungarian citizen

Andrew Brunson, a 50-year old American pastor who lived in Turkey since the mid-1990s was jailed by local authorities for his alleged participation in a coup against Turkish strongman Tayyip Erdogan.

Brunson and his wife, Norine were arrested in October 2016 along with other Americans. Norine was released after two weeks but her husband was held for two years, facing a sentence of up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

Brunson’s release became a major political cause in the U.S. President Trump tweeted “Working very hard on Pastor Brunson!” Vice President Pence has frequently invoked Brunson in speeches and Trump called him a “great American Christian.” The US administration even announced economic sanctions against Turkey after negotiations for his release fell through.

Pastor Bunson prays with President Trump in the White House.

The pastor was finally released in October 2018. Four months later Brunson became a Hungarian citizen.

“I am very glad to also be a Hungarian citizen as my wife is Hungarian and my children also define themselves as Hungarians and we have many relatives in the country,” Brunson said.

Norine and Andrew Brunson (left) with Hungarian Ambassador László Szabó and his wife Ivonn Szeverényi after receiving Hungarian citizenship in Washington DC.

Norine Brunson (nee Steiner) is an American with Hungarian ancestry. Her father Joseph (József) Steiner left Hungary as a young man during the 1956 revolution to become a noted Hungarian-language Christian radio broadcaster operating in Monaco. Joseph’s mother, Ida Csopják, was one of the daughters of Attila Csopják, a legendary leader of the Hungarian Baptist movement.

The Hungarian government is friendly with Turkey and Prime Minister Orbán admires President Erdogan. Now Hungary is using Brunson to promote Hungary’s pro-Christian aid programs.

Orbán (left) and Erdogan – mutual admiration.

Brunson worked with Christian Syrian refugees in Turkey and is appreciative of Hungary’s Christian aid policy, especially the “Hungary Helps” initiative. It seems that the pastor is not bothered by the fact that Hungary has never criticized Erdogan’s anti-Christian policies and never raised its voice to support Pastor Brunson’s release either.

Obviously Brunson has the legal right to assume Hungarian citizenship but his support of the Orbán-regime is troubling.

György Lázár


  1. Does the writer of the article has evidence that the Hungarian government or any member of the government even knew of the pastor’s existence?

    • Before writing silly comments try at least wiki.
      The answer is that at least the Interior Minister and the President of Hu have to know:
      ” A tradicionális honosítási kérelmekről a belügyminiszter előterjesztésére a köztársasági elnök dönt…”
      Moreover since Mr Brunson didnt meet a number of standard procedure conditions, his case must have been considered within some special category involving high officials’ approval.

  2. Orbán & Erdogan:

    Give me a kiss, will ya?

  3. Avatar miklos banfi says:

    Lots of invertebrates mentioned here:)
    Trying to look for moral among them? Good luck! Even the political opportunism is hard to define, although it has to be there.

  4. Avatar Andras B. Gollner says:

    It’s a well known fact that love is often blind. From the frying pan into the fire may be a comfortable place for some especially if they are fond of the greatest love story in the world, the one which has enchanted more than 3 billion Christians, and has been used as the justification for the divine right of Kings under which millions have been massacred over the centuries. Hungarians may recall that metal throne on which their own Dózsa György was burnt to cinders with the blessings of the holly crown of St Stephen. Those with a bit of empathy may reflect on the 10 million blacks murdered in the Belgian Congo alone under Leopold’s affinity fraud, his Christian crusade, that was driven by nothing but personal financial greed during the 2nd half of the 19th century. Orbán end Erdogan are kissing cousins. The pro-Trump yankee pastor is in paradise lost. Maybe he should go to North Korea where another Trump favorite, “Kim” is loving his people to death.

  5. Those movement also soros game .
    I gived all of u some some samples .U can search throught net; When Turkey close to Rusia , always we get soros games
    1- Beslan school siege 1 st september 2004 almost 300 children died at Rusia why ?
    As i remeber putin suppose to visit Ankara in this days. and after this action sudenly cancelled his visit to Ankara ..
    There was some terorists had Turkish passport who joined beslan siege . Most probably Those people was working gulen schools at rusia than Putin closed all gulen schools at rusia . Nobody understood at that time why Putin closed ?
    He understood first , gulen schools cover of cia connection .
    2- Gulenista pilot and army members gived ordered to shout down Rusian plane Who passed Turkish airfield at siyria . By the way some years before Rusian plane shout down Turkish plane shout down as well . In that time we get information Rusians shout our plane from lazkiye rusian base . Other forces says from 6 th filo who are located at the meditereanen sea still . After plane crash we get politically and economically problems between Rusia and Turkey. Nowadays we understood it comes from US .
    3- After all this conflict we get puccs against of Turkish goverment Who politically closes to Rusia and chine at 15 th of july organized by gulen groups at Turkey . So they were not success . Affter this movement to many gulen members arested at Turkey . Left liberal media who are the belonging soros media always was complaining against of Erdogan al eu countries and state . Brunson was one of brain at the gulen movement.
    4-Than they tried 19 december 2016 Rusian ambassador was killed by well known gulen organizated with Turkish police !
    imagined in that hours Turkish foreign minister was flying to Moscow . But it was not successed to destroy relationship between Turkey and Rusia . Becouse Putin knows that it comes from pensyilvania order , Where he fetullah gulen lives .
    Game follows brunson was organizing gulen team at Turkey becouse of that he was arrested .He suppose to stay 35 years at the prison . He was working under christian bishop missioner cover . After to many negotions he was relased . They deported from Turkey .
    With this news He get. Hungarian passport . In the same time I read another hungarian article he get pasport becouse of free travel some countries where he can tot travel with his us passport . What does it mean ? With us passport he would be suspicus ? .
    It Will be same game, they try to destroy relationship between Rusia Hungary or Hungary and Turkey . But sorry no chance we know it is cheap game we stay strong relationship with Hungary.

  6. Avatar Andras B. Gollner says:

    @ Turk

    Everything you say down in this underpass sounds Greek to me. Why don’t you take a bath ?

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