|Islamic School in Istanbul|
So-called Imam-hatip religious schools have multiplied under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic AKP party, which has been in power since 2002. The opposition has accused Erdogan of seeking to 're-islamize' the country's institutions.
Many students from the Alavi minority, a liberal branch of Islam which does not identify itself with the Sunni majority in Turkey, have been enrolled in these schools.
Taraf reported that the Alevi community has denounced an attempt to be forcibly ''assimilated'' by the majority.
Education Minister Nabi Avci has also recently announced that all schools in the country will have prayer rooms, sparking a controversy. Avci however said praying will not be mandatory in schools. For now!
|President Recep Tayyip Erdogan|
|Mustafa Kemal Ataturk|
Father of modern Turkey
I believe the very patient Erdogan wants to put his people back under the bondage of Islam. What a shame that would be. But certain Biblical End-Times prophecies, like Ezekiel 38 & 39, seem to require Turkey to be militant Muslim.
The European Court of Human rights has recently condemned Turkey for introducing over the past few years mandatory courses on Sunni Islam in all schools. (ANSAmed)