[Halonen addressed the issue as recently as August 11 when she said that critics who claim Turkey’s Islamic roots are problematic are “oversimplifying” the issue. Halonen said that while Christian values are important in the EU, Christianity “does not have a monopoly on democracy,” and that Turkey frequently has been considered a part of Europe over the past several centuries.]
Read this four year old post by Andy Bostom (that I’ve highlighted from time to time) on Israeli professor Uriel Heyd, who observed over 40 years ago that the Turkish slide from modern secularism into a re-Islamization of the state, began with Kemal Ataturk’s death.
Uriel Heyd on Turkey’s Re-Islamization, Circa 1968: Over Four Decades Ahead of Today’s Vacuous “Analysts”
He’ll (Erdogan) hang in there, the overwhelming majority of Turks based mainly within the countryside, are Muslim first, Turkish second, the secularists haven’t a chance.
Erdogan’s Embrace of Islamism Gets Nod from Electorate
The Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul. It was a cathedral for 1000 years, then was converted into a mosque. In 1935, Turkey’s Ataturk converted the building into a museum for all to use.
Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90
In Sunday’s vote across Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly Islamist and imperialistic “Justice and Development” AK party appeared to receive an overwhelming majority of the votes cast.
The elections were for heads of localities, but the party makeup of those running is seen as a referendum on the future of Turkey.
This is the first national election since the anti-regime riots last year, during which thousands of people were injured and nearly a dozen died. The vote also took place in the immediate aftermath of the government banning both Twitter and YouTube, and threats to also ban Facebook.
The two challenging parties, the center-left Kemalist Republican Party (CHP) and the right wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), were out in force across Turkey. Turkish television news, NTV, reported with 46 percent of the votes tallied, Erdogan’s Islamist AKP had won 44.9 percent of the vote, with CHP receiving 26.53 percent of the votes and MHP 155.53 percent.