Why is the moron wanting change the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, attaturk would be turning in his grave ?
- LudwigLv 74 weeks ago
No reason it shouldn't be. It was a mosque for most of the past 500 years.
- bluebellbkkLv 71 month ago
Kemal Ataturk has been whirling in his grave these last many years.
- AndrewLv 71 month ago
There have been some alarming developments in Turkey over the course of the past few years. Hardliners in the Turkish government have been promoting ministers and officers who are devout Muslims. These people are openly scornful of the secular nature of the Turkish political system and it's no secret that they want to consolidate power and set the clock back 100 years, and if they get their way, it'll happen. It's a terrible shame that the coup failed. Things would be infinitely better if it had been successful.
The Hagia Sophia is nearly 1,500 years old. It's a world heritage site. It's one of the most visited places in Turkey. The structure doesn't only belong to Turks, but belongs to all of humanity. It's complete sacrilege and total madness to re-consecrate the building as a mosque.
What possible reason could there be to take such a step? Anybody who has ever been there knows that there are half a dozen mosques within a kilometre of the Hagia Sophia, so it's not as though they're in desperate need of more. The only reason anybody could offer up is this: The Turkish government is sending an unmistakable message.They are saying "Turkey is a Muslim country, we may say that we're secular, but we're really no different from any other Islamic republic."
If you've ever been to Turkey, you know that there are three VERY big problems there. Number One is the urban/rural divide - that really puts a wedge between people... Number Two is the divide between eastern and western Turkey... And Number Three is the delicate balance between the religious and the secular segments of the population. Put those things together and you have a very bad situation, a very divided people and the conditions for a large-scale confrontation between people who take opposing sides on these things.
Plainly and simply, the people in the smaller cities, towns, and villages in the eastern part of the country who tend to be more traditional don't have any respect for the people living in the cities and towns in western Turkey who tend to be more progressive. It comes down to politics, money, and of course a situation where people are vying to be the driving force in the collective national identity. It's a powder keg and it's going to go off in the very near future. This appeasement of the hardliners who are looking to bring Islam back into Turkish politics is bad for everybody. It's bad for Turks and it's bad for everybody else too.
It's a terrible shame that the coup failed. Things would be infinitely better today if the faction that instigated it had managed to depose Erdogan.
- LomaxLv 41 month ago
It's sad. Personally, I would like all mosques, churches, chapels, temples and synagogues to be de-consecrated and turned into something useful.
Having said that, it's really up to the Turkish people what they do with the Hagia Sophia.