The President of Turkey’s dissenters range from a 16-year-old arrested for insulting him to a former Miss Turkey who was punished for sharing a poem critical of the Turkish president. In fact, free speech is now being rebranded as a form of terrorism. It’s part of a troubling pattern in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming increasingly tyrannical in his Islamization of Turkey.
The Islamization of Turkey under Erdogan has also included a proliferation of the use of Islamic symbols, rally appearances with the Quran, and the expansion of Islamic banking.
In fact, Erdogan’s AKP government entertains ambitions to make Istanbul an Islamic financing hub, according to A-Monitor.
Erdogan also encouraged other state lenders to work toward tripling the Islamic banking share of the market by 2023.
And despite Erdogan being increasingly anti-American, he accused America of intolerance toward Muslims, yet three months ago, he opened a gigantic Ottoman-style mosque in Lanham, Maryland, while churches remain forbidden in Turkey.
Now Erdogan is using the recent coup attempt to claim sweeping new powers for himself; some say that the coup was staged precisely in order to give the tyrannical leader a further grip on power. Erdogan vehemently denies this claim.
“Turkey’s Parliament to Give Erdogan Sweeping New Powers as Crackdown Widens”, NBC News, July 21, 2016:
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish lawmakers convened Thursday to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would allow him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week’s failed coup.
Nearly 10,000 people have been arrested while hundreds of schools have been closed in the crackdown. In addition, 58,881 civil service employees have been dismissed, forced to resign or had their licenses revoked as of Thursday.
Turkey’s 550-member parliament is set to approve Erdogan’s request for a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party account for 317 members in the chamber.
In an address to the nation late Wednesday, Erdogan announced a Cabinet decision to seek the additional powers, saying the state of emergency would give the government the tools to rid the military of the “virus” of subversion. He didn’t specify exactly what the state of emergency would entail.
Under the Turkish Constitution, the emergency measures allow the government to “partially or entirely” suspend “the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms,” so long as it doesn’t violate international law. Lawmakers can sanction a state of emergency for a period of up to six months…