Turkish ministers note ‘Islamophobia’ while condemning Paris newspaper attack

Two Turkish government ministers have condemned the deadly shooting attack on a French satirical newspaper, while also calling on Europe to tackle the rise of Islamophobia.

“Whatever is its reason or target, we are against all kinds of terror,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told journalists on Jan. 7, hours after hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades.

Çavuşoğlu said terrorism is the first of two elements that Europe must fight. The second problem, he said, “is racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, which is on the rise in many regions of Europe.”

He suggested that terrorism and Islamophobia “affect and trigger each other.”

“People’s freedom of belief should also be respected. It shouldn’t be ridiculed or scorned. Islam is a religion of peace and it is not right to associate it with terrorism,” Çavuşoğlu said…

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  • Mickey Oberman

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  • Gaian

    islam is not a “religion” at all.

    The Mafia, street gangs like Crips and MS-13, are not religions and they
    operate the same as islam. Communism and Fascism are not religions
    either but religion is used to create or justify them. islam uses an
    old Arabian, pagan moon good (allah) to give it some type of religious
    credibility and as a shield to keep it from being labeled a criminal
    organization. Remove that shield, that protective label, and we can
    begin to properly use law enforcement to rid our civilized places of
    this bunch of criminal gangs.

    Turkey is a foul place that produces total imbeciles like, Erdogan.

    • Frau Katze

      Erdogan is getting more outrageous all the time.