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"Atheism grows in Turkey as Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges Islam"
« on: January 10, 2019, 03:19:32 PM »
Atheism grows in Turkey as Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges Islam

More and more Turks are turning to atheism. That could very well have to do with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly theocratic politics, observers say.

According to a recent survey by the pollster Konda, a growing number of Turks identify as atheists. Konda reports that the number of nonbelievers tripled in the past 10 years. It also found that the share of Turks who say they adhere to Islam dropped from 55 percent to 51 percent.

"There is religious coercion in Turkey," said 36-year-old computer scientist Ahmet Balyemez, who has been an atheist for over 10 years. "People ask themselves: Is this the true Islam?" he added. "When we look at the politics of our decision-makers, we can see they are trying to emulate the first era of Islam. So, what we are seeing right now is primordial Islam."

Balyemez said he grew up in a very religious family. "Fasting and praying were the most normal things for me," he said. But then, at some point, he decided to become an atheist.

There are some positive news in the world after all. While of course religion is not the only source of evil or irrationality, I think that decline of religious belief, when it happens voluntarily in a society, is always, or at least almost always (is there any exception to this that could be pointed out?), a net positive in that society, and for the world at large. Especially when it happens in a very religious part of the world.

I think this is similar to what has happened in Iran in the decades since it became a theocracy. It is now one of the least religious countries in the Middle East.
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