Saturday, January 27, 2007
The Turkish State Continues Disseminating Hatred Against Non-Muslims
The Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac Association has recently written about the religiously based threats being continuously spread from the Turkish state ministry responsible for religious affairs, the Diyanet Isleri Baskanligi.
The European Parliament has demanded that Turkey stop these threats, but the situation remains. On the contrary, the threats have intensified.
As the whole world condemns the murder and mourns the death of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, and as tens of thousands of Muslims participated in the mourning of Hrant Dink, the Turkish state ministry mentioned above has published a statement on its home page.
The statement on the home page says that, from a religious point of view, it's unacceptable for a Muslim to participate in religious ceremonies of non-Muslims. It further states that Muslims are not allowed to pray for blessing or salvation for the soul of a non-Muslim.
The Mullah of Istanbul, who recently received the Pope and asked him to turn to Mecca, "in the name of tolerance", did obviously not bother himself to attend the funeral of Hrant Dink and show the same kind of tolerance he asked from the Pope.
Turkey, an EU-candidate, continuous to spread hate propaganda against non-Muslims, from highest authority, its own ministry of religious issues, even after the murder of Hrant Dink.
Ahmed Hakan, a Turkish writer, recently turned against the Turkish state in the leading news paper Hurriet, questioning the discriminating message of the ministry of religious affairs.
This state sponsored, Turkish, religious hate propaganda against non-Muslims must stop.
For how long will the EU and its member states turn a blind eye to these barbaric acts?
Sweden, Södertälje 24 January 2007