Turkey vs. Christian Action Network

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The Christian Action Network (CAN), where I serve as the National Security Adviser, is being condemned by Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S. for using the Turkish flag on the cover of the organization’s new documentary, Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque. Ambassador Namik Tan is accusing the CAN of slandering the Turkish people by using the flag and criticizing their government’s Islamist agenda. This accusation of bigotry is an attempt to distract from Turkey’s move away from secularism to the side of Iran, Syria, Hamas, and Sudan.

The controversy erupted when the Turkish media criticized the use of the flag on the cover of the film. CAN says they wanted to use a flag with Islamic symbols to emphasize the connection between radical Islam’s goal of promoting Sharia-based governance and the Ground Zero mosque. The Turkish flag was chosen because as the CIA World Factbook explains, “the crescent moon and star serve as insignia for the Turks, as well as being traditional symbols of Islam.”

The organization said it regretted any hurt feelings caused by the decision and it did not mean to single out Turkey. CAN sought to rectify the situation by adding the flags of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, and Sudan to the cover to identify some places where radical Islam has taken hold and is being promoted from. Turkey’s flag remained to serve as an example of how a secular, Western ally like Turkey can fall to the influence of Islamism as it has under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party.

Ambassador Namik Tan wrote a letter on November 4 to Martin Mawyer, President of CAN, berating him for “unacceptable and unfair accusations about Turkey, the Turkish government and the Turkish people in your website.” He wrote, “You inaccurately and insultingly accuse the Turkish people and the government of supporting ‘radical Islam.’” He acknowledges that the group denies branding the Turkish people as a whole, but says CAN is doing this in “reckless fashion.”

However, CAN’s criticism of the Erdogan government made a specific point of explaining that the majority of Turks are not sympathetic to terrorist groups or radical Islam. Polls show that only four percent support suicide bombings, two percent have confidence in Osama Bin Laden to do the right thing, three percent have a favorable view of Hezbollah, and five percent have a favorable view of Hamas. The backlash among the Turkish people against Erdogan’s Islamist agenda was also mentioned.

The warnings about Turkey’s government are well-founded. Prime Minister Erdogan was once a member of the Welfare Party, which Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy describes as the “motherboard of Turkish Islamists.” When his Justice and Development Party won in 2002, the Muslim Brotherhood praised them for the “exposing of the failure of the secular trend.” Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has taken a confrontational stance towards Israel. It has held joint military exercises with Syria, and the President and Prime Minister have personally met with Moqtada al-Sadr, the Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leader that waged war on Coalition and Iraqi forces. Prime Minister Erdogan opposed the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudanese President Omar Bashir because “no Muslim could perpetrate a genocide.”

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    CAN says they wanted to use a flag with Islamic symbols to emphasize the connection between radical Islam’s goal of promoting Sharia-based governance and the Ground Zero mosque.

    So according to Ryan Mauro, only radical Islam’s goal as opposed to mainstream Islam’s goal is to promote Sharia-based governance and the Ground Zero mosque, even though the jihad ideology, the Islamic imperative to subjugate the world via the imposition of Sharia, couldn’t be more mainstream within Islam as it is taught and advocated by all sects within Islam and by all schools of Islamic jurisprudence in both Shi’a and Sunni Islam. Hence, Ryan Mauro and Barack Obama are in lock step and see eye to eye where Islam is concerned, as they both believe in the political correct myth that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists who are trying to warp and twist one of the world’s great religions. I, on the other hand, along with many other people as well understand that mainstream Islam is a theo-political totalitarian ideology that seeks to subjugate the world via the imposition of Sharia as its main goal and only poses as being a religion to infiltrate the countries it intends to subjugate and subsume.

  • tanstaafl

    Turkey has a problem with the truth. To this day, the Turkish government denies the Armenian genocide and role of Turks in this modern day jihad.

  • USMCSniper

    The core principles of Islam have the goal of converting, killing, or subjugating all non-Muslims. Non-Muslims are going to have to decide to fight for their cultures, freedoms, and values or they are going to lose them. Islam the enemy of all free societies.

    • watchful


  • rtk_51

    Turkey and the lack of staying power of a secular government proves that Islam can't change, and that the people who keep talking about moderate Moslems are living in a fantasy world.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    We can anticipate Turkey's evolution from secularism to Islam, from ally to enemy, to become the model for Europe as a whole. The only difference is the timetable.

  • Pamela

    Turkey committed genocide against all of its indigenous Christians – Assyrians, Hellenes, and Armenians – and stole their land, property, and churches.

    Now Turkey complains that it is being kept out of the European Union because the latter is a Christian club. Is this gall and chutzpah or what?

    Now, Turkey is going after the Jews and Israel! Turks apparently like committing holocausts against people who are dissimilar to them. Even Alevis and Muslim Kurds are not spared.

    Turkey: "birthplace of holocausts."

    • max

      so much hatred.. i also hear turks took part in genocide against the martians thats why we cant find any, i been in turkey and i just dont understand your hatred for the turks. they shouldnt be blamed for what happened hundreds of years ago, what did we americans do to native americans? the British to numerous countries for hundreds of years?

  • ViewPoint

    Robert Spencer… "The only good Muslim is a bad Muslim… in other words, the only really good Muslim is a very bad person – and thank G-d there are many bad Muslims out there.."

    • max

      i am a muslim? so been a bad person since i was born? im sorry but you are an idiot.

  • Mike

    The nerve and inane arrogance of the Turkish government gets to be more unbearable day by day. It persecutes the 15 million Kurdish minority, mistreats as many Alewis, sleeps with Iran and Syria, pushes around Israel, denies the genocide and deportation of 1.5 million Armenians, plays footsie with Russia, and is fundamentalist (read extreme) Islam, kills Catholic priests and nuns, converts churches to bars and stables, and then comes around and calls Americans and Europeans racist.
    The first sentence every Turkish child learns at school is Ataturk's "Happy is the man who calls himself a Turk''. This racist sentence is drummed into their ears the rest of their lives from the front-page of newspapers. I guess that makes the rest of humanity unhappy, indeed. It's time the US and Israel taught this criminal state a lesson.

  • BUTSeriously

    One cannot talk of a moderate Islam – no such creature exists: there is no Fatwa for mass murderer Bin Laden 10 years after 9/11, and the Saudi Brotherhood continues causing 100s of 1000s of deaths worldwide, promoting murderous, racist doctrines and Nazi-style falsehoods about Israel and America. I guess the brave freedom fightin' Jihadists are busy elsewhere instead of cleaning up their own regime states!

  • Orhan

    The best answer to such bigotry:

  • Orhan

    This week marks the seventh anniversary of another gross attack on innocent people at the hands of Al Qaeda but it will go largely unnoticed in the United States or in Europe. On November 15th and then again on November 20th 2003 Al Qaeda detonated four car bombs in Istanbul, Turkey killing 57 people and wounding 700. Turkey is a NATO ally directly attacked by our top enemy, but how often do you hear someone say, "Remember Istanbul" when referring to Al Qaeda and the war on terror?
    The dual attacks killed mostly Muslims and shocked the Turkish Republic causing many to call the events "Turkey's September 11th." To be sure the U.S.-Turkish relationship has charted some rough waters over the last decade, but the values of the strategic alliance remain intact — values highlighted by Al Qaeda's distaste for both countries: liberty, democracy, justice, and free markets. The U.S.-Turkish relationship is not defined by Al Qaeda; but it can be important for allies to pay their respects to one another on key occasions as the U.S. will surely expect Turkey to do next September. It is equally important and respectful that we remember Turkey's own "September 11th," now.

  • perseus

    turkish goverment has secret agenda of islam, but turks do not..

    • GeorgeOfTheJungle

      Your statement is so right, and I know that from personal experience.
      I lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 4 years for a Government department. During my regular shopping sprees I met many Turkish people, and made friends with some of them. These ordinary people – many of them well educated – despised the growth of the radical islamist Government of their country, and were – everyone of them – trying so very hard to get visas to immigrate to the USA or Europe as they told me they saw the horrible path (radical islamism) on which their country was being forced.
      This is a personal observation based on meeting very friendly people. This is one of the main problems with Islam, the death cult – as a muslim you cannot criticize the cult in any way, otherwise you are dead – literally. This is also one of the many reasons why islam is NOT a religion, but a dangerous and deadly death cult.