The Turkey Paradox - Muslim and Islamophobic

Fatma [reading paper]: Mustafa, the Islamalists are back again. They're back in the schools, the bureaucracy, they want to ban booze, outlaw adultery, and now the president's wife is going to wear a headscarf.

Mustafa: What? Again! Darn, I was going to wash the carpet today! Eighty years of freedom and they still want to go back to sharia. OK, call the army, grab the flags, I'll grab the Ataturk picture and let's hit the streets. A few hundred thousand protestors, a new election, and we'll be sweet.

[reading again]: Mustafa, Mark Steyn says we're doomed.

Mustafa: What? We beat the Australians, we can handle the Islamists. The army will fix it like they always do.

Fatma: No, listen ...
Since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, there have been two Turkeys: the Turks of Rumelia, or European Turkey, and the Turks of Anatolia, or Asia Minor. Kemal Ataturk was from Rumelia and so were most of his supporters, and they imposed the modern Turkish Republic on a somewhat relunctant Anatolia, where Ataturk’s distinction between the state and Islam was never accepted. In its 80-year history, the population has increased from 14 million in 1923 to 70 million today, but the vast bulk of that population growth has come from Anatolia, whose population has migrated from the rural hinterland to overwhelm the once solidly Kemalist cities.

Ataturk’s modern secular Turkey has simply been outbred by fiercely Islamic Turkey. That’s a lesson in demography from an all-Muslim sample: no pasty white blokes were involved. So the fact that Muslim fertility is declining in Tunisia is no consolation: all that will do, as in Turkey, is remove moderate Muslims from the equation too early in the game.
Mustafa: (sigh) Damn those moderates! Fools! Trojans! Oymen was right ...
Onur Oymen of the secularist Republican People’s Party recently denied that the secularist ralliers represented “moderate Islam.” He declared: “You can’t have democracy without secularism. The notion of moderate Islam to check radical Islam is nonsense. This idea being promoted by certain countries should be abandoned.”


So, will the fiercely Islamic likewise start a breeding race in Australia?
Sheik exhorts Muslims to out-breed non-believers

At a Muslim information centre in Coburg [Victoria] ... Many CDs and DVDs there feature London sheik Abdul Raheem Green, who is on an Australian Government watchlist. On one he tells his audience to Islamise Australia through a Muslim baby boom.

"The birth rate in the Western countries is going down. People are more interested in their careers . . . they don't want to have babies," Sheik Green says in one DVD.

"So don't you think, Muslim brothers and sisters, we've got a bit of an opportunity here? They're not having babies any more. So what if, instead, we have the babies? ...

"To say I'm going to have two or three children and that's it -- that's not allowed. The way we overcome the people is through our numbers."

How do Turkey and the West defend themselves against a fundamentalist baby boom?

The Turkey Paradox
One million rally for secularism, democracy
Can Turkey Resist Islamification?
Sheik exhorts Muslims to out-breed non-believers


  1. In my area of Sydney, the veil is rapidly taking over. There goes our laid back, friendly, safe way of life.

  2. They've hit the streets again ...
    Huge pro-secular protest in Turkey

    "More than 100,000 Turks took to the streets on Saturday to protest against government plans to lift an Islamic headscarf ban at universities and to defend the country's strong secular tradition ...

    Defenders of the country's strict separation of church and state, including the army and senior judges, see the headscarf as a symbol of defiance against Turkey's secular system ...

    "We are concerned that universities will plunge into a chaotic environment and opposing groups will start clashing with each other," he said ...

    "We want to lift all laws that result in all sorts of absurd restrictions on people," AKP vice president Egemen Bagis said ..."

    Liberty and freedom = Islam? Sharia law says otherwise.