Turkey and the European Union

Deal being so close to the European mainland, I am always interested in news relating to Europe. Turkey is in the first stages of applying for membership of the European Union. Regrettably, Turkey is also increasingly turning to a more radical form of Islamic government. News that two Christians have been arrested in Turkey for being Christian does not sit well with European ideals of freedom and tolerance. In fact, a number of verses within the Koran seem to indicate that if Turkey becomes an Islamic state then it has a duty to attack Christians and Jews (Shakir translation).

9: 29 Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

9: 30 And the Jews say: Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!

Some say that these verse indicate that God will deal with Christians and Jews after death and that they do not relate to life on Earth. However, earlier in the same Sura (chapter), the Koran says:

9: 14 Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.

Here, it seems that God is giving Muslims the right to take action against non-believers (in Islam) on God’s behalf. It will certainly be interesting to see if the European Union does eventually agree to Turkey’s admission into the EU.

‘Insulting Turkishness’ case proceeds under revised law | EuropeNews

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