Turkey On Slippery Slope To Becoming An Islamic Dictatorship

Mick Hall @ Organized Rage warns that:

The new Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attempts to turn Turkey into a poor imitation of the Ottoman Empire.  


Almost weekly lately the news from Turkey is dispiriting as the new sultan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attempts to turn one of the very few secular states in the Islamic world into a poor imitation of the Ottoman empire.

Last week his government announced evolution would no longer be teached in Turkish secondary schools as part of new national curriculum which was being introduced. An education ministry official said students were too young to understand such a 'controversial subject.'

Controversial for whom one might ask?

There is little doubt Erdoğan's fingerprints are all over this reactionary step.

The head of the education ministry’s curriculum board, Alpaslan Durmuş, said a section on Darwinism would also be cut from biology classes from 2019:

"We have excluded controversial subjects for students at an age unable yet to understand the issues’ scientific background,” he told a seminar in Ankara. 
As the students at ninth grade are not endowed with antecedents to discuss the ‘Origin of Life and Evolution’ section in biology classes, this section will be delayed until undergraduate study.”  
Pupils at elementary schools would still be given an evolutionary point of view and learn evolutionary biology from year five. 
The curriculum was being simplified, the government was attempting to educate children in line with local and national values.

Later in the week almost certainly acting on Erdoğan's orders for the third year running the authorities in Istanbul have banned the Gay Pride Parade organised by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Like all satraps they blame the victims for their wretched behavior by claiming the banning of the parade was done in the best interest of its participants.

Istanbul Gay Pride Week has been organised since 1993, ending with a march on Istiklal Street since 2003. The week consists of various events, such as discussion panels, workshops, social gatherings and art courses. Organisers say the parade attracted tens of thousands of people making it the largest pride march in a Muslim majority country.

Due to the personal ambition of one man the Turkish republic is on a slippery slope to becoming an Islamic dictatorship. As Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist wrote:

Erdoğan has been undermining Turkey’s democratic and secular foundations of the turkish republic with an increasingly autocratic and religious agenda, imposing restrictions on alcohol, building new mosques and reintroducing state religious education.

If anyone still doubts the scale of the new Sultan's ambitions, it was also announced during last week, the life of Mustafa Kemal, aka Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic and the main architect the secular state is to be given far less "focus." One does not need a crystal ball to know whose statue will replace those of Atatürk who was one of the true giants of the first half of the 20th century.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

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