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Turks not amused by cartoon

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How does a year in prison for apostasy or heresy sound? Excuse me—a year in prison for “insulting the religious values adopted by a part of the population.” It wouldn’t seem all that bad, really, if it weren’t happening in a nominally secular state.

Turkish cartoonist Ömer Bahadır Baruter is in a lot of hot water for covertly declaring that “There is no Allah, religion is a lie” in a Penguen cartoon.

The obvious question: Is atheism, too, a “religious value” adopted by part of the population? It certainly seems so. Hopefully, the atheists will start suing the faithful for their objectionable, insulting acts of—uh—faith.

Written by M. James

September 29, 2011 at 2:03 am

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