Thursday, May 29, 2014

Why Is Turkey Not European?

There are many Turks who genuinely feel European, albeit whether they understand European values is another matter (take for example their outrageous conviction that Cyprus is Turkish which is contrary to every legal, historical and ethical argument). However, "Turkey" does not belong in Europe. And yes, Christianity has a lot to do with it. The values that permeate Europe are inspired by / based upon Christianity whereas "Turkey" is mainly influenced by Islam which is similar to Christianity only in so far that they both revere a supreme being. Islam however is a political proposition more than anything else, and the values it projects are completely different than Christianity's. Starting with the freedom to be religious or not. Christianity advises. Islam dictates. Therefore "Turkey" is not & cannot be European. Le Pen is right. The sooner Turks realize it, the better off they will be.

Inspired by: France's Le Pen says Turkey's EU bid should be vetoed | Today's Zaman | 27 May 2014

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