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Erdogan: The term ‘moderate Islam’ aims to weaken the religion

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Erdogan has said this before, as he works systematically to dismantle Turkish secularism and turn Turkey into a sharia state. Long held up as shining examples of modernity and the “look-what’s-possible-in-the-Muslim-world,” Turkey was supposed to be proof in itself of the existence of “moderate Islam,” and its ability to succeed and thrive. But that was before the ascent of the caliph Erdogan. What he has done to “secular Turkey” is further proof, as if any were needed for those who aren’t terminally self-deceived, that Islamic “reform” and “moderate Islam” are blips in Islamic history, not trends, or any indication of what Islam will be like in the future. Erdogan is indeed not a “moderate.” He is a proponent of jihad and sharia, monstrous, brutal and extreme.

“The term ‘moderate Islam’ aims to weaken the religion, Erdoğan says,” Daily Sabah, November 10, 2017:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lashed out at the term “moderate Islam” on Friday, saying the term’s only aim is to weaken the religion itself rather than distance it from extremists.

In a clear reference to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s remarks, Erdoğan said that the origin of the term lies in the Western world.

“The term ‘moderate Islam’ is being lathered up again. The patent of moderate Islam belongs to the West. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam; Islam is one. The aim of using such terms is to weaken Islam,” Erdoğan said.

“They say we will return to moderate Islam, but they still don’t give women the right to drive. Is there such a thing in Islam? I guess they will give this right when they turn to the moderate one,” he added.

Erdoğan’s words came at a women’s entrepreneurship event held for the Organization Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Women’s Advisory Council at the Presidential Palace complex in Ankara.

In his speech, Erdoğan also criticized discrimination against Muslim women. “Headscarves are gradually being banned in EU states with the public – personal space trick, attempting to bar Muslim women from entering social life. Attempts to incarcerate Muslim women in their homes is spreading like a virus,” Erdoğan said.

“Today, most EU countries actively restrict Muslim women from working and getting access to education. Those who are teaching us lessons on human rights are unfortunately applauding as the most basic human rights are being trampled in their countries.”…

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