Rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey hands down a Sharia-inspired ruling. These are the kinds of laws that the purveyors of the “Islamophobia” myth want to bring to the U.S.
“Turkish court sentences pianist Say to 10 months after re-trial,” from Today’s Zaman, September 20 (thanks to Joshua):
An Ä°stanbul court on Friday sentenced Turkish pianist FazÄ±l Say to 10 months in prison on charges of insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter, after a re-trial ordered by an upper court.
The Ä°stanbul 29th Court of First Instance in April ordered the re-trial for Say after the defendant appealed a ruling by the Ä°stanbul 19th Peace Court that sentenced him to a 10-month prison sentence. The court delayed the announcement of the verdict and said Say would be sent to jail if he commits a similar crime in the next five years.
The Ä°stanbul 19th Peace Court on Friday announced its decision after the re-trial, upholding the 10-month prison sentence, but this time did not delay the announcement of the verdict — paving the way for the pianist to appeal the verdict at the Supreme Court of Appeals.
In early April, Say posted controversial tweets questioning whether heaven in Islamic belief is like a brothel or pub, because the Quran says there are rivers of wine and houris (very beautiful women) in heaven for those who commit good deeds while they are on Earth.
Among Say’s most controversial tweets were, “I am not sure if you have noticed, but where there is a louse, a non-entity, a lowlife, thief or fool, they are all pro-Allah.”
Say also tweeted about a muezzin who recited the evening call to prayer in 22 seconds, questioning whether he was in a rush to reunite with his lover or go to a rakÄ± table.
Say explained his controversial tweets as verses from a poem by Omar Khayyam, a Persian poet.
The prosecutor’s office has found that Say’s statements run contrary to the first and third points of Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). These points concern the offenses of “fomenting hatred and enmity among the public” and “insulting religious values.”