And people like him are making sure that it is. It wasn’t very long ago that people used to tell me that Turkey represented the future of the Islamic world, and that therefore my concern about global jihad was unwarranted; it would all eventually dissipate as Western-style secularism won the day. No one is saying that now, although those who did assert this so confidently are still on the scene, their role as respected pundits unchanged, for they are never called to account for their monumental errors of analysis and judgment.
“Top judge complains implementation of secularism in Turkey a failure,” from Today’s Zaman, March 15 (thanks to Joshua):
In what could be seen as the Turkish judiciary’s self-criticism of the way the principle of secularism has been implemented in Turkey, Constitutional Court President HaÅŸim KÄ±lÄ±Ã§ has said “the unsuccessful implementation” of secularism has brought nothing other than a distancing of people from the state.
“We have tried to secularize the individuals’ morals with a concept that belongs to the state and to prevent their religious beliefs from having an influence on their lives by locking these beliefs in their hearts,” KÄ±lÄ±Ã§ said on Friday.
“This unsuccessful implementation has yielded nothing other than separating the hearts of people [from the state],” he continued.
KÄ±lÄ±Ã§ also drew a parallel between the implementation of the principle of secularism with that of anti-terror laws. “Similarly, the fact that the concept of terrorism is vague has led to different and inexact interpretations by the implementers [of the law]. As a result, grave violations of rights put solutions to social problems into a deadlock,” he added.
Turkey’s French model of secularism has been frequently criticized as being problematic as it has been used as a tool to prevent citizens from exercising their freedoms, including their right to practice their religion freely. Wearing the headscarf at universities was banned for decades in the country and women wearing headscarves are not still allowed to work in public institutions.