The Difference Between Islam and Islamism?

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.[1]

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.

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