Henrik Raeder Clausen is familiar to regular readers as the English-language editor of Europe News and also as a frequent commenter here at Gates of Vienna.
Last night he guest-posted at Dhimmi Watch about the current constitutional crisis in Turkey. The document referred to in the excerpt below is the lawsuit filed in Constitutional Court by the Chief Prosecutor filed suit demanding the closure of the incumbent AKP party, which is also a bastion of Islamism in Turkey:
Finally, the prosecutor in eight pages sums up the reasons that this case is justified under Turkish law as well as under the ECHR. A couple of highlights:
The prosecutor reiterated his view to the effect that political Islam does not remain limited between the individual and the God but aims to contain the state and social system and that it is totalitarian.
… the main purpose [of AKP policies] is to create unlimited sphere of freedom for political islam under the disguise of freedom of religion and conscience.
Here, as elsewhere in the document, we touch upon something important, yet tricky. Erdogan and the other AKP officials consistently argue for the use of the headscarf and other religious customs under the label of ‘freedom’. Yet, this ‘freedom’ opens the door to unlimited intimidation from religious fanatics. Using only pure, abstract logic, it might seem that removing the ban on the headscarf and other religious customs would create more freedom. Yet, secular Turks are well aware of the purpose of the restrictions of religion in public life, which is why they join the large demonstrations in defense of secularism.
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As Michael Rubin states on MEF (http://www.meforum.org/article/1888):
The legal case against the AKP is an affirmation of democracy rather than an assault upon it. Democracy rests upon the rule of law and constitutionalism. Neither plurality support nor a majority in parliament should place any politician or party above the law.
A lot of people aren’t paying close attention to what’s happening in Turkey right now, but Henrik is.
Go over to Dhimmi Watch and read the rest.