Saturday, February 9, 2008

Turkey: Atheism almost as bad as unwed couples

"The increase in hostility toward the EU appears to be part of a recent rise in nationalism and xenophobia. According to a survey conducted by the Economic and Social Research Center of Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, 44% of Turks do not trust foreigners very much, and 29% do not trust them at all. There was a similar reluctance to tolerate those living in Turkey who did not share mainstream Turkish values. A total of 88% of those question said that they would not want a homosexual as a neighbor, while 63% said that they would not want an atheist to move in next door. A further 65% said that they would not want to live next to an unmarried couple and 30% said that they would not want a neighbor who did not fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan."
Eurasia Monitor, Friday, February 8, 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Samuel Skinner
You see, this is the sort of thing that made Harris anti-democratic. I think it is scary that people like this can vote- I hope the country doesn't spiral towards fundamentalism, but it looks like it already has done so...