by Uzay Bulut • May 9, 2015 at 5:00 am
Pressures against non-Muslims in Turkey are actually empowered, motivated and even led by state policies.
There also does not seem to be any interest or pluralistic mentality in enforcing non-Islamic laws.
To understand the root cause of social intolerance and institutionalized violence, it is important to look more closely at how Islamic scriptures refer to non-Muslims. These labels and lies, fed to Muslims from earliest childhood, apparently do not go away easily in the minds of indoctrinated Muslims.
For those who oppose Islamic rule, there are only three options: They are either to be killed; made to accept their inferior status through conversion to Islam, or keep their heritage but pay the jizya, the Islamic "protection" tax."
Although there is a more or less "secular" constitution in Turkey, the anti-Semitic and anti-non-Muslim culture seems to have more influence over people even than laws. There also does not seem to be any interest or pluralistic mentality in enforcing non-Islamic laws.
A cemetery in Milas, for example, leads one question the thin, fragile line between Islam and Islamism -- or between progressive Islam and radical Islam.
Milas, whose name comes from ancient Greek "Mylasa," is a nice town in Anatolia, where there was once a powerful Jewish community.
After years of neglect and disrepair, the Jewish cemetery in Milas has been turned into a place where sheep graze and garbage is thrown.
The historic gravestones, which should have been protected as a cultural heritage, have long since been broken into pieces.
Not only is the town now free of Jews, but now even the Jewish cemetery has been left to its fate.