Is the legacy of Kemal Ataturk in danger in Turkey today? The referendum results on expanding the powers of the President are in. There is a dispute over the vote itself. Some opposition figures claim the vote has been rigged. Is the secular republic dying slowly in Turkey? As the 2nd biggest member of NATO a move by Turkey towards an Islamic Republic should be a matter of concern for the security of democracy globally.
The relation of religion and politics in the modern world is an issue we need to deal with. This issue distracts us from dealing with the economic problems we face. I think the best policy that states should use dealing with religions is adopting a secularist policy. Secular states insures that individual freedom and equality between people is guaranteed. Religion should be a personal matter. The state should be neutral concerning religious issues. Modern Turkey used to apply this principle of secularism. But this policy has been under attack.
John O Brien.