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March 23, 2006

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Steve Edwards

No! This is a reaction to the Iraq War. Clearly.

Jim

This is different from the Turkish law that forbids proselytizing of any kind for any religion, which sounds like an anti-harassment law in what is a politically very sensitive area; this sounds like desperation.

Scott Wickstein

Should be teaching them atheism, anyway...

Steve Edwards

Justin Raimondo's latest:

http://antiwar.com/justin/

"Here the good senator demonstrates his abject ignorance of the Middle East, not to mention Islam: throughout the region (from Morocco to Egypt to Syria to Iran, as well as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states) it is forbidden to renounce Islam and embrace Christianity, or any other religion for that matter. This is true even in relatively liberal Muslim societies, such as Malaysia. Even in Turkey, which prides itself on its European character, and where it is legal to convert away from Islam, it is still so socially unacceptable that only a few have chosen to change the religious designation on their identity papers. The idea of religious freedom is a historically specific, geographically delimited concept, one that is consistently applied only in the West, and there only since the Enlightenment; for much of the rest of the world, especially including the lands dominated by Islam, this is an utterly alien idea."

cuthhyra

"it is still so socially unacceptable that only a few have chosen to change the religious designation on their identity papers."

That is a particularly interesting quote with regard to ID cards, no? Nothing to hide, nothing to fear...

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