That said, some cures really are worse than the disease. From Gatestone Institute, embedded in an article on the current bout of suppression of media in prospective EU member Turkey,
Turkish law professor Ayse Isil Karakas, both a judge and elected Deputy Head of the ECHR, said that among all member states, Turkey has ranked number one in the field of violations of free speech.
“619 lawsuits of freedom of expression were brought at the ECHR between 1959 and 2015,” she said. ” 258 of them — almost half of them — came from Turkey and most were convicted as violations of freedom of expression.”
For a country that fancies itself a candidate for EU membership, that is quite a record. Actually, when it comes to deciding what thoughts are warmly tolerated and what thoughts are severely punished, Turkey is extraordinary. If the statement involves Jew-hating for instance, it is welcomed by many.
Yes. On the face of it, one would think that the complainers are just extraordinarily sensitive, the sort of people who should never be left unattended at a bus station coffee shop in small town Canada, due to all the awful and dangerous things they might see and hear. 😉 But no. This, apparently, was okay:
Seyfi Sahin, a columnist in the Islamist pro-government newspaper Vahdet, wrote on January 31:
“I believe that the gorillas and chimpanzees living in the forests in northern Africa today are cursed Jews. Those are mutated, perverted people.
“Believe me, this view is stronger and more scientific than the Darwin theory. We Muslims, and those who believe that, do not have the banks, the money, the organizational power in the world of science, or the propaganda power to scream those truths. More.
Note: This link enables a literal translation, including: “The theory of evolution was put forward by a Jew called Darwin.”
I wouldn’t write this except to note for readers the fact that some individuals reject Darwinism for reasons we never knew and wouldn’t recognize. If the world starts to pay more attention to the issues surrounding rethinking evolution, well, those people are out there too. Forewarned is forearmed. – Denyse O’Leary for News
See also: The flying horse defends himself against Dawkins
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