The President of Turkey’s dissenters range from a 16-year-old arrested for insulting him to a former Miss Turkey who was punished for sharing a poem critical of the Turkish president. In fact, free speech is now being rebranded as a form of terrorism. It’s part of a troubling pattern in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming increasingly tyrannical in his Islamization of Turkey.
The Islamization of Turkey under Erdogan has also included a proliferation of the use of Islamic symbols, rally appearances with the Quran, and the expansion of Islamic banking.
In fact, Erdogan’s AKP government entertains ambitions to make Istanbul an Islamic financing hub, according to A-Monitor.
Erdogan also encouraged other state lenders to work toward tripling the Islamic banking share of the market by 2023.
And despite Erdogan being increasingly anti-American, he accused America of intolerance toward Muslims, yet three months ago, he opened a gigantic Ottoman-style mosque in Lanham, Maryland, while churches remain forbidden in Turkey.
Now Erdogan is using the recent coup attempt to claim sweeping new powers for himself; some say that the coup was staged precisely in order to give the tyrannical leader a further grip on power. Erdogan vehemently denies this claim.