Turkey’s Atheism Association calls on prosecutors to take action against anti-Deists

By Ahval News

Turkey’s Atheism Association has called on public prosecutors to take action following comments by the head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs’ (Diyanet), stating that “perverse” deists don’t belong in Turkish nation.

‘’Could there be a more appropriate crime to draw the sword of Turkish Penal Code (TCK) 216 [on provoking the public to hatred, hostility or degrading], which you don’t hesitate to use in reining in those who exercise free thought?’’ the association asked Turkey’s public prosecutors, in statement it released on its website on Friday.

Deism, the belief in a non-interventionist creator god, has been a topic of debate in Turkey after a local religious affairs administration in the central Anatolian city of Konya published a report in April stating that Turkish youths were turning away from Islam and embracing deism.

Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli did not hesitate to get into the heated discussion last week, labelling deism as, ‘’one step before atheism” and condemning youths who held the beliefs.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Diyanet head Ali Erbaş’s chimed into the discussion most recently, stating,….“Deism means denying the Prophet (Muhammad), Which Muslim can deny the Prophet and remain as a Muslim?”

    By the Lord Harry, this man is a second Einstein, a shrewd and penetrating thinker, but , alas, a wee bit tautologous.

  2. @OP – a local religious affairs administration in the central Anatolian city of Konya published a report in April stating that Turkish youths were turning away from Islam and embracing deism.

    Faith-thinkers of the world are almost unanimous in their view, that all other dissenting faith-thinkers, embrace a wrong and false god, the wrong and false version of a god, or the wrong fake prophet(s) proclaiming their gods, . . . . . and yet seem unable to draw a logical conclusion from the fact of this over-arching majority view!

  3. @OP – following comments by the head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs’ (Diyanet), stating that “perverse” deists don’t belong in Turkish nation.

    Well if the authorities don’t keep a tight grip and slavishly follow Sharia Law, all sorts of “disgraceful offences against public decency” could joyously break out in public! 🙂 Singing and dancing!!! Horrors!!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43821853

    The head of the department of Islamic guidance in the Iranian city of Mashhad has been arrested after people danced at an event in a local shopping centre.

    A video showed a crowd of men and women enjoying a performance by a singer.

    Mixing between the genders and dancing in public are severely restricted under Iran’s Islamic laws.

    A judicial official said the shopping centre event, which was authorised by the Islamic guidance department, was an “offence against public decency”.

    Mashhad is the location of an important Shia shrine and is a stronghold of particularly hardline clerics.

    The video of the shopping centre event shows hundreds of men and women crowded onto several floors around an atrium, where a male pop singer is performing. As they watch, some clap and dance a little.

    After the footage was shared online, hardliners in Mashhad expressed outrage and called for those who authorised the event to be held accountable.

    On Thursday, the judiciary’s news agency quoted deputy prosecutor Hassan Heydari as saying the head of the Islamic guidance department in Mashhad had been arrested for “undermining public decency and disrespecting the laws”.

    Mr Heydari told Fars news agency that the video had “created a wave of unhappiness among our citizens” and that prosecutors would “take action against all those involved”.

    A spokesman for the shopping centre, Mohsen Afshar, told Isna news agency that it had been holding similar events every month and that the singer had official permits allowing her to perform.

    In March, the reformist mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Ali Najafi, submitted his resignation after hardliners criticised him for attending a school performance for International Women’s Day in which young girls danced.

  4. Alan

    Turkeys music industry is huge. This can be beamed straight into people’s living rooms. Turkey is really a diverse country that will have to go through a massive transformation to become like Iran and am not sure it’s possible.

    https://youtu.be/T8Bx4FYzv4c

  5. Olgun #6
    Apr 20, 2018 at 5:46 am

    I was rather hoping the reverse process would take place, – with Iran becoming more musical and more culturally like Turkey!

    The present contrast is stark!

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