Will Turkey vote for Islam? (update: yes, it did...)
But this is a fraction of the story. Turkey is not as secular as is popularly believed; indeed, there are state ‘favours’ and financial advantages for Islam which Christianity manifestly does not enjoy. Since the 1980 military coup, schoolchildren attend obligatory classes in Islam, and there is no freedom of speech. The hijab is also making a return, despite the constitutional prohibition. And Christians have been imprisoned and murdered for daring to even question the tenets of Islam. Indeed, some have been murdered whether they have questioned Islam or not; the mere whiff of accusation is deemed sufficient for the self-appointed defenders of Mohammed to follow his example, and slaughter the kuffar.
And Turkey’s ‘secular’ state turns a blind eye to all this, and more. Reports persist of its ill treatment of women, and the use of torture, and Turkey also has a pathological inability to accept responsibility for its past. It remain illegal to even talk of the genocide of over a million Armenians during the First World War, and any inference that Kurds are being killed or being denied fundamental human rights will be met with arrest for ‘insulting the national character’.
According to Colonel Gaddafi (in whom Cranmer places no credibility or recognises any authority, but cites in this instance because on this issue he may indeed be right), ‘Turkey will be an Islamic Trojan Horse inside the European Union if it is allowed to join the bloc, to the advantage of Al Qaeda terror chief Osama Bin Laden and other extremists’. Islam and Islamism are certainly fermenting into a formidable force in Turkey, and the implications for the EU ‘Christian Club’ are considerable. While some argue that a Turkey in the EU would be compelled to change its view of religion and adapt its culture, leopards and spots come to mind.
With a turnout estimated at 80 per cent(!) in a country of 74 million people, it is confirmed that Turkey has in fact voted for Islam. And with quite a sizeable majority. The Islamist-rooted Justice and Development party (AKP) won 46.4 per cent of the popular vote, giving it 340 seats in the 550-seat parliament.
So Recep Tayyip Erdogan is re-elected as Turkey's prime minister. One now awaits the reaction of the army as he attempts to re-appoint fellow former Islamist, foreign minister Abdullah Gul, as president.
There is now a distinct possibility of a military coup, and this result scuppers all hopes of Turkey's accession to the EU (not least because the French possess the ultimate veto with their constitutional requirement to hold a referendum on the matter).