Turkey’s Constitutional Court steps in to block the Islamization of secular Turkey — at least in this one particular. “Court annuls Turkish scarf reform,” from the BBC, June 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Turkey’s highest court has blocked government moves to allow college students to wear Muslim headscarves.
The Constitutional Court said that a vote by parliament to ease a ban on scarves being worn on campuses violated the constitution’s secular principles.
The government argues that a headscarf ban stops many girls being educated.
Yes, for we all know how deeply Islamic supremacists and jihadists are committed to the education of women.
But much of the secular establishment resisted the move, seeing it as a step towards allowing Islam to figure more largely in Turkish public life.
The ruling, by a panel of 11 judges, could foreshadow the outcome of a separate court case in which the ruling AK Party (AKP) could be banned for anti-secular activities….
That would be a consummation devoutly to be wished. But would it stop the Islamization of Turkey, which enjoys broad popular support? Not certain.