Erdogan calls for a secular Egypt

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  1. ejazr

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    Erdogan calls for a secular Egypt | MSN Arabia News

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Egyptians to adopt a secular constitution, noting that secularism does not mean renouncing religion.

    A secular state respects all religions, Erdogan said in an interview with the private satellite TV channel Dream before heading to Egypt for a two-day visit.

    'Do not be wary of secularism. I hope there will be a secular state in Egypt,' Erdogan said.

    He stressed that people have the right to choose whether or not to be religious, adding that he is a Muslim prime minister for a secular state.

    Erdogan said Egypt needs to meet some requirements for establishing a modern state, including better management of human resources, more attention to education, improved management of financial resources and eliminating corruption.

    The idea of adopting a secular system for Egypt has fueled controversy between the countrys liberal and Islamist powers since the 25 January revolution.

    Liberal and secular groups fear an Islamist takeover of the parliament through the upcoming elections scheduled for November. They fear such a takeover would give Islamists control over the drafting of the constitution.

    Egypts largest political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been touting a secular state with Islamic law as a primary source of legislation. But some liberal powers suggest using international human rights conventions as a source.
     
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    Funny that Erdogan says that while he is busy pulling Turkey into Islamist state.
     
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    Turks are wary of the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power. If that happens then elements in turkey might also get active. As they say today's extremist is tomorrows moderate.
     
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    If you really follow what Erdogan has been doing in the past 10 years, he is basically trying put Turkey back from a French style anti-religion secularism to a US/Indian style secularism where you can practice your faith but the politics and religion remains separate.


    But the political religious nationalists in Egypt who were so welcoming to Erdogan have apparently not liked Erdogan's advice. Hopefully the larger majority of Egyptians can see through and realise that a secular Egypt is not anti religion and that Islam will play an important role in any case because of the nature of the Egyptian society. The mixing of religion and politics should be avoided as much as possible.

    Islamists Criticize Turkish Premier's 'Secular' Remarks - WSJ.com
     
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