Tuesday, June 19, 2012

EU fears, slowly Turkey leaves secularism

Ankara - Slowly the doctrine of secularism began to be eliminated in Turkey. They began to return to Islam. The study of the Koran in public schools began to be encouraged in the countries of the two continents.

The change was apparently kissed by the European Union who did not remain silent about the steps taken by Turkey. The European Union also expressed its fear regarding the change.

The European Union accuses Ankara of using power to slowly get rid of Turkish secularism by introducing Koran studies in public schools. They also accused Ankara of lowering the age limit, where parents can send their children to Islamic schools. Another step to be observed by the European Union is the strong reaction of the Turkish Government regarding abortion.

Member of the European Union Enlargement Commission, Stefan Fuele, Thursday (05/07/2012), expressed his concern related to the increasing detention of parliamentarians, academics and students as well as press freedom. "This has prevented Turkey from becoming a member of the European Union," he was quoted as saying middleeastonline.com, Tuesday (6/12/2012).

Another concern of the European Union is the plan of the Prime Minister's Justice and Development Party (AKP), Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, who is trying to launch Islamic television channels and proposals for building places of worship in public spaces such as theater and opera.

The head of the European Union Delegation, Jean Maurice Ripert, said the changes made were not in accordance with the spirit of Turkish secularism. "Some politicians make inappropriate comparisons," he added.

Turkey is currently preparing a bill to cut the abortion deadline from 10 weeks to four and six weeks. Thousands of liberal feminists reportedly rejected the plan.

Not only that, Turkey also plans to reactivate the Aya Sophia Mosque as a place of worship for Muslims. Turkey also built the Great Mosque in Istanbul, which will later become the city's new landmark. By Erdogan's critics, the policy was considered to promote Islam and damage the secular traditions of Turkey.

SI-Online/The Truth Seeker Media

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