This Week, Turkey Went a Long Way Toward Becoming an Islamic Republic

Barry Rubin

PJ Media:

“My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth, and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men.” — Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Hardly surprising, deeply upsetting, and geostrategically catastrophic, it’s official. Turkey has now passed over towards being an Islamist state. That turning point is marked by a tiny event of gigantic importance.

Fazil Say is an internationally acclaimed Turkish classical pianist. He has performed with prestigious symphony orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Berlin, Israel Philharmonic, France, and Tokyo, and is a European Union cultural ambassador. The Turkish state is now going to put him on trial, as an Istanbul court has accepted the prosecutor’s charge, which amounts to heresy. Specifically: he is accused of insulting Islam because of tweets he sent.

Say suggested that since the Koran says there are rivers of drinks in heaven, that makes it sound like a pub, while the beautiful women available there make it sound like a brothel. A number of his tweets are quoted here. That’s his crime — writing a couple of sentences to describe his thoughts.

We are not talking of someone criticizing Say or disagreeing with him. We are talking about the power of the Turkish state being used to charge a man with a crime and to send him to prison for exercising free speech. True, they are only asking for a sentence of eighteen months in prison, but once the precedent is set their ambitions will expand.

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4 Replies to “This Week, Turkey Went a Long Way Toward Becoming an Islamic Republic”

  1. Turkey is a good example of the problems people will have reforming Islam, it was a secular nation for 80 to 90 years yet has been turned into an Islamic theocracy in less then 5.

  2. Attaturk took the polygamy from the Turk, the Turk never forgave him. Turkey is destroyed from within by rapidly breeding Kurds. Islamism makes it impossible to solve this problem. The civil war in Syria proves the Muslim will burn in hell.

  3. “Is God someone you want to live for, someone you want to die for, or someone you would turn into an animal and kill for? Think about it.”

    He is a dead man walking

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