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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Turkey Forcing Sunni Islam upon non-Sunni Students

ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 16 - Some 40,000 students have been forcibly enrolled in Islamic religious schools against their families' will, according to independent media reports Tuesday.
Islamic School in Istanbul
According to leading independent daily Taraf, the new school year has started amid controversy after thousands of families refused to send their children to religious schools and demanded their transfer.

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
I have long suspected that the devout Muslim, Erdogan, was very slowly trying to push Turkey into becoming a Muslim nation again. Turks see their country as secular since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk won independence for the country. The Ottomans had been driven out with Allied help during the first World War. The war of independence followed almost immediately after.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Father of modern Turkey
Atatürk then embarked upon a program of political, economic, and cultural reforms, seeking to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern and secular nation-state. Under his leadership, thousands of new schools were built, primary education was made free and compulsory, and women were given equal civil and political rights, while the burden of taxation on peasants was reduced. - Wikipedia

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)