Turkey: every day a little more Islamic…..

First they banned pork. Then they forced secular institutions to lift the ban on the freedom sack. This time its alcohol, what’s next?

Turkish state minister insists country isn’t becoming Islamic state, reporters won’t let the issue go

One gets the impression from this report that about all Faruk Çelik could do was to keep repeating the refrain, “Turkey is a secular, democratic country,” and hope it would stick if he said it enough. At least a few reporters seemed to be having none of it.

“Turkey not becoming an Islamic country, state minister says,” from the Hürriyet Daily News, January 14:

State Minister Faruk Çelik on Friday said Turkey is a democratic, secular country and its position, as it continues to work toward EU membership, is very clear and not open to any controversies.

Çelik spoke to foreign journalists gathered at the Prime Ministry’s office at Dolmabahçe Palace on Friday on a variety of subjects, from the so-called “alcohol prohibition” to AyÅŸe Sucu’s removal from the Turkish Religious Affairs Foundation.

However, new restrictions on Turkey’s alcohol laws and the “shifting axis” issue dominated the press conference. Çelik and Public Diplomacy Coordinator Ibrahim Kalın replied to many questions about the new law, including queries on whether it was against human rights and freedoms and whether tourism would be affected.

Çelik said the government aimed to control unprotected sales but not to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in hotels or any place with a license to sell alcohol.

“The law favors hotels; it doesn’t discriminate against them, thus it will not affect tourism,” Kalın said.

Kalın said the legal age to purchase alcohol in Turkey is still 18, not 24 as has been reported in the press. “In a public event, people could bring gallons of alcohol without licenses; this sometimes causes people to open fire in the air.” A reporter asked the pair, in response, “Instead of alcohol restrictions, is the government considering limiting individual armament?” Her question was not answered.

In response to journalist’s observation that Turkey looks like a Sunni Islamic country in light of the new restrictions, Çelik said the fact that the majority of the country is Muslim is another issue but the state is a democratic and secular country….

5 thoughts on “Turkey: every day a little more Islamic…..”

  1. It is very obvious to me that Celic is using just one of the many subterfuges dispensed by Muhammad – in this case taqqiya(the right to lie to an infidel in order to gain an advantage or win an argument).

    I pray to God that Turkey will not be allowed to join the European Union. It was bad enough in 1453 whenthe Turks invaded Constantinople and threatened the whole of Europe.

  2. Prime Minister announces Turkey will hand over stolen properties 75 years later

    I don’t believe it. Even if they do, there won’t be any takers. Imagine if a Christian or Jew really goes to claim what’s his, do you think his life is safe amongst the soldiers of allah?

    Turkey (MNN) ― In the last days of August, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would relinquish all properties or current property values to Christians and Jews who had had land confiscated 75 years ago.

    Turkey has long been a difficult place for Christians to live. While persecution is not nearly as prevalent as in many neighboring countries, believers remain a small minority in the Muslim nation, and they have often been treated as second class citizens.

    A prime example of these injustices was in 1936, when, Compass Direct reports, the Turkish government officially registered an incomplete list of minority properties. Hundreds of properties were confiscated from Christian and Jewish communities, some sold to third parties, others used for various offices. (For instance, the Istanbul offices of the Secretariat General for EU Affairs reside in a former grade school building of a Greek Orthodox Church. )

    The overturn of the legislation came after years of pressure from the European Union, notes Compass Direct, which slapped heavy fines on Turkey in recent years for failing to return these properties. Turkey has been applying for full membership in the EU, but this property dilemma has been a key component of the EU’s demands.

    Sources have yet to speculate whether or not this will truly mean less day-to-day persecution for believers as they share their faith. Voice of the Martyrs, Canada notes that while the Turkish constitution includes freedom of religion, worship services are only permitted in “buildings created for this purpose,” and officials have restricted the construction of buildings for minority religions. The few who dare to openly profess Christ face harassment, threats, and imprisonment. Evangelism is also met with harassment.

    Sources have yet to comment on whether this overturn will guide Turkey away from such practices.

    In the meantime, however, the announcement to overturn a 75-year-old injustice has been met with joy by Christ-followers. Christians will receive back what had been schools, churches, churches, cemeteries, stores hospitals, orphanages, houses, apartment buildings and factories years ago. Buildings that were sold to third parties will not be returned, but if Christians apply within the next 12 months, they will receive equivalent compensation.

    Voice of the Martyrs, Canada thanks God for the development in a recent news release. The ministry asks for prayer that the transition of land will go smoothly and that there will be no resistance or negative reaction in response.

    Prime Minister Erdogan is reported as saying, “The times when citizens in our country were oppressed for their beliefs, their ethnic heritage, or the way they dressed is over.” Pray that this would be true and that the decision will thus be an encouragement to believers in Turkey. Pray that believers would be even more determined to be a light for Christ as they live out the Gospel in this Muslim nation.

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