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Alcuin
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Posts: 1007
Atheism Turkey
on: November 26, 2015, 11:09

".. despite President Erdoğan’s pledge in 2002 to raise generations of devout Muslims, academic author Volkan Ertit claims Turks are walking away from religion: “The prohibition of selling alcoholic beverages on high-speed trains in Turkey, the desire to ban extramarital sex, the discussion of boys and girls living under the same roof, the statements that the Justice and Development Party is raising a ‘pious generation’…all these are about the relation between the state and religion. But I am talking about the relation between religion and society. Society is not becoming more pious, the political arena is. The two are separate things.” One thus realizes government policy and social behavior are not necessarily interchangeable. In Turkey, they often collide.."
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/humanrights/2015/11/24/beyond-the-straight-path-obstacles-and-progress-for-atheism-in-turkey/

And in the UK....
"...In a Commons debate on a backbench bill to allow prayers at council meetings James Arbuthnot MP likened concealing his religion to the pressure associated with "keeping quiet about being gay", apparently felt by some of his parliamentary colleagues.."
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tory-james-arbuthnot-comes-out-as-an-atheist-claiming-mps-must-pretend-to-be-religious-9983538.html

Small world, isn't it?!



gegsieline
Calcium
Posts: 64
Re: Atheism Turkey
on: November 29, 2015, 08:49

Education secretary Nicky Morgan can be expected to stall as long as she can following the high court decision demanding atheism be given the same status as theism in the non faith schools.



wheels5894
Calcium
Posts: 197
Re: Atheism Turkey
on: November 29, 2015, 14:50

Wouldn't it be nice if these religious people noticed that they are no longer living in a world where their favoured sky-daddy is supported by the majority. Each of these cases amounts to people wanting to impose their own faith on others whether the 'others' want it or not. The sad thing is that I don't see any politicians in the UK who will do the right thing and make the state properly secular.



Alcuin
Moderator
Posts: 1007
Re: Atheism Turkey
on: April 5, 2016, 14:54

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/turkish-government-publishes-cartoons-glorifying-7685101
"The Turkish government has released a number of cartoons which appear to promote martydom to children."

Some opinions on atheism...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpvgEHzh6js
(Note we don't hear the questions and therefore the context of their remarks)

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