Headscarf politics

I often have occasion to complain about the nasty politics of the religious right in the United States. Still, to keep things in perspective, I should also be grateful it’s not an Islamic religious right, and that our political culture, as corrupt as it is, is at least not a Middle Eastern political culture.

Here’s an example from a Turkish Islamist newspaper, Vakit. It’s old news, from last month, and Türkan Saylan, the woman pictured, just died a week or two ago. But the level of nastiness is still impressive.

The commentary next to the picture of the dying Saylan, undergoing chemotherapy and its associated hair loss in the last stages of her struggle with cancer, is supposed to be a comment by a reader. It says “She dedicated her life to enmity toward the [Islamic] headscarf. At the end of her life she was forced to wear a headscarf. My God you are capable of everything!”

Saylan was a leading medical doctor, and a staunch secularist, much reviled by the Islamist press.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11399828220100913111 UnBeguiled

    Ugh. Vicious stuff. These folks will twist any event into evidence for their particular god.

    Yesterday I was arguing with a priest, and he asserted that the randomness of a coin flip was evidence that the mind of god created everything. I’m not kidding.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16641266062186767500 Keith Parsons

    Yeah, Taner, pretty nasty stuff. I don’t think the religious right in this country is any nicer, only more hypocritical. It’s a PR thing. Raw hatred does not sound so good on the evening news. Far better to say that you “love the sinner, but hate the sin.” Hearing what the likes of Pat Robertson really say when they think the microphones are off is quite revealing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11983601793874190779 Steven Carr

    Man created god in his own image.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09328034026300036704 Buffy

    I truly despise those types who rejoice when others suffer because they see it as some way in which god is “getting” the other person.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11815695119406091177 Interested

    I am rarely surprised by the cruelty of so called believers. They think they have a corner on the truth and that their actions are justified by their faith.


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