Ex-Islamist? WTF? That's like a little bit pregnant. New oxymoron. Does that make him an apostate? Ex-Islamist? Sort of like a chaste ho. Scroll down and read about Gul's mentor, Erbakan.
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist, has been elected president in a parliamentary vote. He is the first politician with an Islamist background to become head of state since the creation of the deeply secular Turkish Republic in 1923. Mr Gul was elected in a third round of voting, after months of tension between Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party and the secular establishment.
On Monday the military warned about threats to the secular constitution.
Mr Gul, whose wife wears a Muslim headscarf, has pledged to respect Turkey's secular institutions.
The headscarf is currently banned from public institutions in Turkey and Mr Gul has said wearing it is a matter of personal choice.
Meanwhile in other election news in secular Turkey. Both the current Prime Minsiter and the current President were mentored by Erbakan,
Special Dispatch-Turkish Media Project/Antisemitism Documentation Project
A Turkish Flash TV interview VIDEO HERE with former Turkish prime minister Prof. Necmettin Erbakan, who is the founder and leader of the Islamist movement Milli Gorus, was aired July 1, 2007 as part of a pre-election program.
Erbakan is the leader and mentor of the ruling AKP leadership, including both Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and presidential candidate Abdullah Gul – both of whom have in the past been active members of Erbakan's political parties, filling mayoral, ministerial, and parliamentary posts. All of Erbakan's parties have been banned by Turkish court orders.
In his campaign to promote his Islamist Happiness Party (SP) prior to the July 22, 2007 general elections, Erbakan reiterated antisemitic statements in this interview, as well as in interviews with other TV channels. In his public speeches, he expanded on these views, frequently referring to "Zionists" (meaning, in fact, the Jews) as "bacteria" and "disease," to crowds of tens of thousands, at every stop on his campaign trail, including Ankara and Istanbul, and especially in Anatolian cities such as Konya, Elazig and Trabzon.
Excerpts from the Flash TV interview are here;
All Infidel Nations Are One Zionist Entity; Jews Want To Rule From Morocco to Indonesia
The U.S. Dollar is Zionist Money; The Jewish Bacteria Must be Diagnosed for a Cure to be Found
Zionists Organized the Crusades; The Jews are Using the Christians
Jews Founded Protestantism, the Capitalist Order; Clinton, Bush are Members
The Zionists Worked 5,767 Years to Build a World Order In Which All Money and Manpower Depend On Jews
I wonder if dhimmi Foxman will continue to give them a free pass on the Armenian genocide.