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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
For those of us who are Turkish-Americans, the past weekend has been absolutely remarkable.
It is very inspiring to see people take to the streets to protest the right-wing government’s move to build on the last remaining open space in Istanbul at Gezi Park. These protests have happened not only in major cities like Izmir, Bursa and Ankara, but even in the city of Samsun on the eastern shores of the Black Sea region.
I do sense, however, that many Americans will think something like that couldn’t happen here.
The present government in Turkey is a Muslim conservative party, known as the AK Party. Its policies actually show a striking parallel with the evangelical wing of the Republican Party, as well as the tea party elements.
This is not to single out more moderate Republicans, such as Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who have actually been challenged from the far right corners of the GOP. But it is a lesson that should be learned by all those who wish to mix religion and politics. It simply never works.
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