Monday, December 24, 2012

Turkey to make Islam part of university entry exams

Another brick is falling in the fiction that Turkey seeks to remain a democratic, pluralistic, Western-leaning society: The head of the Turkish body which oversees placement tests and university admissions has announced that it will soon include religious questions in its placement tests.

Turkey, despite its problems, thrived in comparison to the non-oil rich Middle East over the decades precisely because it refused to allow religious populism to become the basis of government. It has been less than a year since Prime Minister Erdo─čan himself declared his goal to be to Islamize a generation.

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