Pro-democracy coup in Turkey fails

Turkey has a tradition of practicing a more moderate type of Islam with a more secular government than other middle eastern states.  Thus, secular is one of the few Islamic countries with a long-standing democracy.  So not all Turks are happy with the government of President Erdogan, who, though democratically elected has become more and more authoritarian and seeks to impose Sharia law.

Last weekend, parts of the military staged a coup attempt, promising a restoration of democracy, human rights, and freedom.  But Erdogan called for the people to go to the streets, and they did.  With the help of police and the Turkish military that did not support the coup, the insurrection was crushed.  Thousands have been arrested.

Erdogan is blaming the coup on a moderate, pro-Western cleric named Fethullah Gulen, who has many followers–dubbed “Gulenists”–in Turkey.  Gulen, who denies involvement, has been living in Pennsylvania since 1999.  Erdogan is demanding that the United States arrest him and extradite him back to Turkey.

In principle, we might wish for a new  non-Islamist government to take over. Then again, Erdogan was democratically elected and is the lawful President of the country.  President Obama denounced the coup attempt and expressed his support for Erdogan, which I guess the world’s governments are obliged to do.  Even though Turkey might be an example of a democracy voting to end democracy. [Read more…]

Are Christians responsible for the Orlando shooting?

The left is blaming Christians for the Orlando attack on gays and lesbians, while defending Islam.  Even though the attacker himself said that he acted in the name of Islam.  David French explores this odd pattern of accusation and defense. [Read more…]

Importing illiberalism

David Harsanyi asks, referring to the technical word for free societies, “Why is it that so many of the same people who are skeptical about exporting liberalism (count me as one) are perfectly content with the idea of importing illiberalism?”

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ISIS attacks America, kills 50 in Orlando

Omar Matteen called 911 at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, pledged allegiance to ISIS, then opened fire in a crowded gay bar, killing at least 50 and wounding 53 more.  After a three hour hostage standoff, he was killed by police.  The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  On Thursday, ISIS threatened to attack Florida. [Read more…]

Immigrant converts must pass Bible trivia test

In the UK, Muslim immigrants converting to Christianity have been given “Bible Trivia” tests–which many long-time Christians would be unable to pass–as a way to check whether or not they are really Christians.  The problem is, many of the immigration officials asking the questions seem to know little about Christianity themselves.

Read about this after the jump.  Then take the quiz to see whether or not you too would be deported. [Read more…]

Christian converts assaulted by fellow immigrants

The Muslim immigrants who are converting to Christianity that we have been blogging about (see here and here and here), are paying a price for their new faith.  They are facing violent and even sexual attacks in the refugee camps for their apostasy from Islam.

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