Turkey, Islam, and the EU
President Gul said: “As long as I am in office, I will embrace all our citizens without any bias. The Turkish Republic is a democratic, secular, social (state), governed by the rule of law. I will always be determined and resolved to advocate, without discrimination, each of these principles and to further strengthen them at every opportunity… Secularism - one of the main principles of our republic - is a precondition for social peace as much as it is a liberating model for different lifestyles.”
Cranmer hopes that he reminds his recently re-elected prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of these values, for in 1999 he said: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers..."
All this as it appears that Turkey path to the European Union is being made straight. Despite fundamentally irreconcilable differences between Christian and Islamic values, President Sarkozy has softened his stance, and, despite grave warnings, so has Pope Benedict XVI. Is it all simply part of one profoundly dangerous experiment to try to forge a Euro-Islam?
Is it down to Edward Leigh MP to save Europa from herself?