Sunday, January 03, 2010

One perspective on religious freedom in Turkey

Religious minorities face no discrimination in Turkey, says head of religious affairs - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review
The head of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs said on Saturday he did not believe that religious minorities living in Turkey faced any problems regarding their religious services and practices or the training and appointment of their religious leaders.

"However, if there are any problems, they should be solved," said Ali Bardakoğlu, president of the Directorate of Religious Affairs, in an exclusive interview with the Anatolia news agency.

Bardakoğlu also said that the issue of reopening the Halki seminary should be solved within the context of freedom of religion.

Expressing his directorate's support for religious freedoms, Bardakoğlu said, "If we only respect those who think and believe like us, we will turn life on earth to hell."

Bardakoğlu also said, everybody had the right to exercise the belief they wanted.

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