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Turkey, a member of NATO along with the United States, for years was regarded as a moderate Muslim nation with Western leanings.
But it recently has taken a sharp turn toward full-blown Islamic law and persecution of non-Muslims.
It just got worse, with a statement from a high government official that Turkey wants all governments across Europe to criminalize “Islamophobia,” which would include any negative comment about the religion.
The report comes from Uzay Bulut, a journalist from Turkey who has worked with the Haym Salomon Center. She’s currently based in Washington and writes at the Gatestone Institute.
She wrote in a recent report for the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu called on EU governments to criminalize “Islamophobia.”
Her report quoted him saying, “There is no ideology or terminology called ‘Islamism’; There is only one Islam and it means ‘peace.’”
She pointed out that it is salaam that means peace, not Islam, which means submission.