Turkey erases artifacts of jahiliyya (the pre-Islamic period of ignorance) while attempting to join the jahili EU. From AP, with thanks to all who sent this in:
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has ordered a 500-year old Latin inscription believed to have been carved by the Knights of St. John erased from an old castle, newspaper reports said Tuesday.
In the written order, the Culture Minister told museum officials to scrape away the inscription “Inde deus abest,” or “Where God does not exist,” carved at the entrance to the dungeon of the Castle of St. Peter in the Aegean resort of Bodrum, Hurriyet, Sabah and Milliyet newspapers reported Tuesday.
The ministry claimed the inscription had no historical value, the papers said….
The move comes at a time when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is under criticism for alleged attempts to raise Islam’s profile in predominantly Muslim but secular Turkey. The government denies it has an Islamic agenda.
The sign could be considered offensive to devout Muslims who believe in God’s omnipresence.
Of course, so did the people who carved the inscription. They were making a different point.
“Baffling censorship on 500-year-old inscription,” Sabah said in a banner headline.
“500-year-old inscription has no historic value!” read the headline in Milliyet.
The Castle of St. Peter is now a museum of underwater archaeology displaying ship wrecks. The castle’s dungeon — the Gatineau dungeon — was used as a lockup and torture chamber from 1513 to 1523.
Milliyet said the ministry ordered the inscription erased two months ago. Museum officials had removed a tin plate sign with the English and Turkish translations of “Inde deus abest” and were pondering what to do with the inscription, it said.
“Either we will scrape it away or cover it somehow,” the paper quoted museum director Yasar Yildiz as saying.