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  •  I've not heard anyone characterize Turkey (0+ / 0-)

    as an "Islamist" country, although some of the political parties have been characterized that way. But given that the leading political party there is an Islamic party, I'd say that the political atmosphere may have changed in recent years.

    "Let's do this!" - Leeroy Jenkins

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:06:46 AM PST

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    •  True but the fact is Turkey IS a majority (1+ / 0-)
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      Muslim country. Indeed the leading political party of the recent times identify its political views as "Islamic," which was and still is to a certain degree a concern of mine but there is something interesting about this politically "Islamic" party of Turkey: They are staunchly secular. More on the market and business friendly, they seem to steer clear from any "sharia" implementations. In other words, despite the politically "Islamic" leading party being in power for over a decade, Turkey is still majority Muslim and proudly welcoming of all religious worship, no worship, alcohol sale and purchase, men/women dressing whatever they like to choose and an increasing tolerance about people living together without being married.

      Are things perfect? Not even close. Especially problems with freedom of press, speech, etc. need improvement, to put it lightly. But to claim that one has to wait 1000 years to see alcohol being sold freely (in addition to the other ones) in a majority Muslim country one must pretend Turkey does not exist.

      This approach reminds me of a friend of mine, British, who is well meaning but a bit on the racist side, telling me that she never thought of Colin Powell as black.

      Well my dear fellow, Colin Powell IS black and Turkey IS a majority Muslim country thus such generalizing labeling like "Islamist" fail to represent reality.

      It is a slur based on ignorance and prejudice.

      "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

      by zenox on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 11:50:02 AM PST

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      •  Yes, Turkey is a majority Muslim country (2+ / 0-)
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        just as the US and other countries are majority Christian countries. The fact that a majority of people in a country are Muslim doesn't, by itself, prompt many people to use the "Islamist" label.

        "Let's do this!" - Leeroy Jenkins

        by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:48:32 PM PST

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