"A Man's a Man for all that!" - Rabbie Burns

"Religion? No thanks. I prefer not to outsource my brainwashing." - Bunc
Trying to get your average Joe creationist to understand the phrase scientific theory is as hard as getting a fish to enjoy mountaineering. Its an unimagined world for them - it requires a complete reversal of their normal modes of thinking and being. The fact that humans could explain the complexities of this world without a creating God is a world view they cannot grasp. It's like asking a tuna if it appreciates the view from the top of Mount Everest. Bunc

Mar 6, 2007

Turkish court imprisons a man for a "Mr".

A court in Diyarbakir Turkey has sentenced Ahmet Turk, a Kurdish politician who leads a pro-Kurdish party, to 6 months in prison for referring to jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan as "Mr Ocalan".
The court ruled that the use of "Mr" by Ahmet Turk implied respect for Ocalan who is seen as a criminal in Turkey. He is reportedly considering an appeal.
Ocalan lead the Kurdish armed campaign in which more than 30,000 people died.
He was found guilty of treason and is serving a life sentence. Ahmet Turk was sentenced by the court in south-eastern Turkey on a charge of supporting a criminal in a speech he made in January 2006. Last week, Ahmet Turk - alongside with a DTP deputy leader of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) - was sentenced to 18 months in prison for distributing party materials in the Kurdish language. Turkish law allows distribution of political literature only in Turkish.

The BBC's Sarah Rainsford reported that more than 50 DTP members of the pro-Kurdish DTP have been arrested and at least seven senior officials charged in under a fortnight.
DTP officials argue there is a sustained campaign of harassment and that the authorities are trying to close the party down before a general election later this year.
The party is viewed by Turkish nationalists as closely tied to the Kurdish separatist cause.
DTP leaders say they want an end to violent conflict and support a united Turkey.

We cant shake of the feeling that Turkey is not yet quite ready for EU membership.

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