With a history of pro-Islamist, anti-Israel and anti-Western positions to his credit, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan is fast making his mark as the leader of a rising Islamofascist theocracy like Iran.
The Blaze His latest controversial remarks came while speaking at the Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace this week when he stated that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity” in the vein of anti-Semitism and fascism. What’s more, the prime minister included Zionism as being akin to fascism and alas, yet another crime against humanity.
“Certain politicians’ defamation of a religion or a sect by mass communication tools only makes pre-conceived notions bigger and deepens the gap.”
He further noted, “Freedom of thought and belief ends where the freedom of thought and beliefs of others start (except for Jews). You can say anything about your thoughts and beliefs, but you will have to stop when you are at the border of others’ freedoms (Oh, lookie, a representative from the most oppressive ideology on earth, is going to define “freedom” for us. That’s rich!). I was able to include Islamophobia as a hate crime in the final statement of an international meeting in Warsaw.”
Erdogan said the government will immediately start working on legislation against blasphemous and offensive remarks. “Turkey could be a leading example for the rest of the world on this.” “We are facing a world in which racist (What race is Islam?) attacks have gained momentum, (Islamic) terrorism has claimed more lives, and religions and sects (of Islam)treat each other with less understanding,” Erdoğan said.
“In a similar fashion, I must state that rising racism (What race is Islam?) in Europe is a serious problem for the Alliance of Civilizations Project…Aside from countries indifferent to Muslim countries, disrespectful attitudes toward Muslims living in certain countries continue to hurt consciences.” (Respect must be earned and Muslims haven’t)
Erdogan also spoke of the bloodshed in Mali, claiming religion has nothing to do with the carnage. He said it would be a “mistake to “evaluate the current developments in Mali as if they were based on religion.”(Imposing strict sharia law by force on a moderate Muslim country has nothing to do with religion?)
“Members of different religions in Mali are not fighting against each other. There could be acts of terrorism in Mali but to define such violence as part of a religion would not be correct since no monotheistic religion encourages terrorism. Islam means ‘peace.’ We can never accept arguments that a religion of peace, Islam, encourages or approves terrorism.”
The Turkish prime minster also said that his country’s EU membership would be a significant step for the success of the Alliance of Civilizations.