Another sign of the rapid Islamization of Turkey and increasingly subjugated position of the military, formerly the guardians of Turkish secularism. “Minister halts military band to allow Islamic chant,” from the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News, August 24 (thanks to Joshua):
Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister ErtuÄŸrul GÃ¼nay stopped a military band at a soldier’s funeral from playing the funeral march in Antalya today on the grounds that people at the funeral wanted to perform the tekbir — the phrase “Allahu ekber” (God is great).
The minister and military officers were attending the funeral of Sgt. Osman Ã‡elik, who was killed in a traffic accident on Aug. 21, along with nine other security personnel in the southeastern province of ÅžÄ±rnak.
Ã‡elik’s body was taken to his home village of YazÄ±r in the southern province of Antalya for the funeral, where around 2,000 people attended the ceremony, broadcaster NTV reported on its website.
A military band was also present at the scene and was playing the funeral march when GÃ¼nay interrupted the officer in charge of the ceremony and said, “Stop the band, the people want to call the tekbir.”
The minister later explained his behavior by saying that a band playing the funeral march in cities where there is a large protocol presence was natural. “But this is a small village and people want experience their pain and send their son off with prayers.”…