Turkey blocks website of its first atheist association

It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association.

The Atheism Association, the first of its kind in any Muslim-majority country, was officially founded in Istanbul’s Asian-side neighborhood of Kadıköy in April 2014. However, the Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara has finally moved to block the association’s website, according to the group’s statement on March 3, 2015.

As of March 4, Turkish internet users could not access www.ateizmdernegi.org without using tools to bypass blockings, such as a VPN.

The court ruling cites Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Law, which forbids “provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them”…

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  • DD_Austin

    Guts. without god

    • Blacksmith

      I respect their right to be wrong, I am not at all surprised the Turkish govt shut them down.

      • Exile1981

        I’m surprised the turkish gov’t hasn’t killed them yet

      • Frau Katze

        They didn’t actually shut them down (yet), just blocked access to their site. Erdogan is still working on his EU membership. That’s the only thing holding him back.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Muslim hate atheists more than they hate Jews and Christians.

    A fact never forgotten by this atheist.