Erdoğan continues as kooky ever: continues to support the ‘Muslims discovered America’ line, and now blames Atatürk’s switching to the Latin alphabet for poor science results in Turkey

e61ece9d6a793f267ad90559d14bfbbfc48dfe36e4f8dcbd82fce497858d7ab1Turkish President Recep Tayyip has declared that his government is winning its battle over the Fethullah Gülen community, while vowing to continue efforts to eradicate members of what he calls the “parallel structure” from the bureaucracy and social life.

“Turkey has won its struggle against the parallel structure,” Erdoğan said, referring to Gülen’s followers, whom the government accuses of forming an organization in the Turkish bureaucracy and the police…

“This was a struggle for freedom and it was an important obstacle in front of us. Now it has been revealed. By overcoming it, politics, the economy, foreign policy, social life, as well as education and science, have a clearer path,” Erdoğan said in an address while distributing science awards in a ceremony at the presidency and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)…

One of the key institutions the parallel group captured in recent years was TÜBİTAK, Erdoğan said: “Our intention was to support the TÜBİTAK and to increase the quality of science. But what happened? An undercover structure has grown sneakily within TÜBİTAK and nearly captured its body and started to serve for purposes”…

On the day of the distribution of the scientific awards, Erdoğan also recalled earlier statements on the successes of Muslim scholars of the past that was sparked after he argued Muslim sailors discovered the American continent some 300 years before Columbus.

“When I said Muslims reached America, they raised hell. But the works [the books] are there. Of course, the youth of this country can mock this notion due to a complex, instead of doing the research. We were taught a history that lies,” he said. He previously mentioned Turkish Professor Fuat Sezgin’s books as the source of the claim…

One of the obstacles impeding an improvement of the quality of science in Turkey is the language, Erdoğan said, criticizing Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s alphabet reform in 1927 that introduced an alphabet consisting of Latin letters.

“Although we had a very rich [Ottoman] language that was highly convenient for doing and producing science, we woke up one day and we realized that it was gone,” he said, adding that the introduction of the new alphabet obliged Turkey to teach and learn science in foreign languages and foreign concepts.

“People were forced to forget thousands of words and concepts as they were removed from the dictionaries,” he said, arguing it was not possible to study philosophy with the current vocabulary of Turkish. “You will either rely on Ottoman words or concepts from French, English or German. But we have to overcome all of these problems.”

  • Minicapt

    I trust JustinT is taking careful note of these thoughts.

  • tom_billesley

    “Contraception is treason”.
    Erdogan is calling for a Turkish population drive to provide the replacement population for Europe. It’s demographic war.

  • Blacksmith

    Yeah it was the Latin, nothing to do with the 7th century anti science mentality. Nothing good ever came from pisslam they purport to have done some good but everything they have put forth they have stolen from their predecessors.