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Court Annuls Turkish Headscarf Bill
NY Times ^ | 6/6/08 | Reuters

Posted on 06/06/2008 5:29:55 AM PDT by Dawnsblood

Turkey's ruling AK party appeared to move a step closer to being shut down on Thursday when the Constitutional Court overturned a reform that would have allowed women to wear Islamic headscarves in universities.

The headscarf amendment plays a central role in a separate, crucial case that seeks to outlaw the AK Party for anti-secular activities, and ban 71 members, including the prime minister and president, from belonging to a political party for five years.

"This guarantees the closure of the party. I don't think we can talk of any calm before full chaos," said Cengiz Aktar, a political scientist at Istanbul's Bahcesehir University.

The court said in a statement it upheld, by 9 votes to 2, an appeal from the main opposition CHP party, seeking to block a legal amendment allowing students to wear the garment on campus.

More conservative secularists saw the amendment as a violation of strict separation between Mosque and state, and evidence the AK Party has a secret agenda to introduce a system of Islamic law. AK denies such ambitions and has introduced many social reforms aimed at European Union membership.

"With this decision the Constitutional Court has exceeded its authority. I see this decision as contrary to the constitution," said AK Party deputy group chairman Bekir Bozdag.

The AK Party has roots in political Islam and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan served a prison sentence for Islamist activity in the 1990s. But it was formed, six years ago, as a broad coalition of religious conservatives, nationalists, market liberals and centre-right activists.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: court; islam; secular; turkey

1 posted on 06/06/2008 5:29:56 AM PDT by Dawnsblood
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To: Dawnsblood

This is good news, right?


2 posted on 06/06/2008 5:56:53 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

In my opinion it is kinda mixed. The Islamist party is getting dinged yes but is it really the government’s place to tell a person what they may/may not wear on their head at school? Very mixed IMHO. The shocking thing for me is that they may ban the ruling party (including the PM and President).


3 posted on 06/06/2008 5:59:59 AM PDT by Dawnsblood
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To: Dawnsblood
Given the threat of creeping Islamization in Turkey (already reconized by Kemal in the 20's) the Turkish constitution's guarantee of a secular state and its ban on religious parties was a wise move.

The AK party is simply a mask for Salafism in Turkey. It's continued ascendancy is a real threat.

4 posted on 06/06/2008 6:28:43 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: rawhide

Head scarves are the camels nose under the tent and the Islamonuts know it. If they win that concession it wont be long before the full burqua is mandatory.


5 posted on 06/06/2008 8:52:54 AM PDT by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

let’s see... what would the Demwits in the US do???

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6 posted on 06/26/2008 10:39:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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