Death threats over Caliph’s boozing, mistresses

It’s not only Tunisia and Egypt that have seen street demonstrations.

Reuters has this story — ‘Turks protest TV drama showing boozing sultan’.

We’d earlier blogged on how press freedom is increasingly repressed under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It appears that now it is the viewers themselves who are up in arms against the Turkish broadcast media for being forthright in presenting unpalatable ‘facts’.

(Reuters) – Turkish protestors angry over the depiction of an Ottoman sultan drinking alcohol and wooing women in a new television series threw eggs and chanted ‘God is Great’ outside of the broadcaster’s studio on Sunday.

The historical drama that riled up the Islamists shows Sultan Suleiman I, also called Suleiman the Magnificent who ruled from 1494 to 1566, with his wives and concubines in his harem.

No joke! Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council apparently received a record 75,000 complaints since the ‘The Magnificent Century’ aired its first show on Jan 5, said a report attributed to CNN. Halit Ergenc, the actor who played Suleiman, was flooded with hate mail and death threats.

The Reuters’ article said the TV drama “shows [Suleiman] drinking alcohol, which is proscribed by Islam. Ottoman sultans were also caliphs, or Islamic leader, until the theocracy was toppled and the secular Turkish Republic that succeeded it abolished the caliphate in 1924.”

Under the present ruling AK Party, Turkey has become less and less secular, aided by a recent referendum that approves the peeling away of some provisions favouring secularism in its modern constitution that was the legacy of Kemal Ataturk, founding father of the Turkish republic.

The Reuters article noted:

European Union candidate Turkey’s population of 73 million is 99.9 percent Muslim but its constitution is secular and the consumption of alchohol is legal.

Or in other words, only 0.01 percent of Turkey’s population today is non-Muslim. The Christians used to make up a significant minority but they were massacred by the majority Turks. See our earlier posting on the Armenian genocide here.

In 1914, non-Muslims made up 19.1 percent of the Turkish population. See stats table here on how they have all but vanished from the country.

Turkey went from 20 percent Christian in the early 20th century to 0.2 percent now — Rev. Samir Khalil Samir, a Beirut-based Egyptian Jesuit

Rev. Samir, who had helped draw up the working documents for the 2010 synod at the Vatican, had in Paris last October reminded journalists of the chilling ‘disappearance’ of Turkey’s non-Muslims.

Malaysians should similarly beware the pronounced erosion of secularism since the Pakatan gains from the March 8, 2008 political tsunami. Malaysians should be even more worried why this issue has been swept under the carpet by the pro-Pakatan alternative media.

In Turkey, the massive number of complaints and demo against a mere TV series indicate how the PAS-types (Turkish version) react with fury just like their spiritual cousins here over matters such as alcohol or homosexuality (the Malay guy who confessed he was gay on YouTube received tons of death threats too).

Their holier-than-thou supremism reminds one of the gloved PAS candidate (fiercely promoted by DAP) in the Tenang by-election.

And in Tenang too, the posturing had continued unabated with Caliph Umar Lim and his cabal.

Comments
6 Responses to “Death threats over Caliph’s boozing, mistresses”
  1. Maz says:

    I guess we all won’t be ordering **BURP** any Turkish Floatilla Cocktails anytime soon…**BURP**…

  2. Maz says:

    Erdogan to Groucho Marx:

    “Genocide, what Genocide ?!!”

  3. anak_perelih says:

    “In 1914, non-Muslims made up 19.1 percent of the Turkish population. See stats table here on how they have all but vanished from the country.

    Turkey went from 20 percent Christian in the early 20th century to 0.2 percent now — Rev. Samir Khalil Samir, a Beirut-based Egyptian Jesuit”

    this indicates that it was under secular Turkey that Christians populations had decrease from 20% to 0.2%… as the Caliphate was overthrown and abolished in 1924… so it was under Kamel Attartuk that Armenians Christians were prosecuted/killed… not under Ottoman Chaliphate….

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    Hartal MSM: The Republic of Turkey (or secular state) was only established on 29 Oct 1923, and Ataturk as its first president. The Armenian genocide occurred in 1915.

    See chronology, here:

    (source) Armenian National Institute

    Ittihadists are members of the Committee of Union and Progress or Ittihad ve Terakki Jemiyeti, ‘the political party in power in the Ottoman Empire during WWI (also known as the Young Turks). It was the ittihadists and the ‘chete’, i.e. members of armed irregular forces employed by the Ottoman government, who carried out the jihad policies against Armenians.

  4. Katharina Sri (ex Noor Aza) says:

    Further, if we kept such predatory evilness unchallenged, the evilness will actually get worse.

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    Dear Katharina, We’re not approving the rest of your comment. Have sent you an e-mail from hartalmsm@gmail.com. Please check your Inbox.

  5. Katharina Sri (ex Noor Aza) says:

    Dear Hartal, don’t worry – I do appreciate your bravery amidst the censor-loving piranhas there, on anything that criticizes Islam!

  6. Maz says:

    She must have said something saucy !!

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