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'My blood boils when spineless psychopaths pretending to be atheists swear at my religion. These people, who have been raped, should be annihilated,' Macit wrote in one tweet.

'My blood boils when spineless psychopaths pretending to be atheists swear at my religion. These people, who have been raped, should be annihilated,' Macit wrote in one tweet.

An official from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) sparked controversy after he called for the “annihilation of atheists" on his Twitter account. 

Mahmut Macit, a senior member of AKP’s Ankara provincial board and keen user of social media, flared up on May 21 about insults against believers via Twitter. “My blood boils when spineless psychopaths pretending to be atheists swear at my religion. These people, who have been raped, should be annihilated,” Macit wrote in one tweet. He also argued that “insulting Islam could not be considered freedom of expression.” 

His remarks came as renowned Turkish-Armenian linguist and former columnist Sevan Nişanyan was condemned to 13 months in prison for alleged blasphemy in a blog comment. 

They also added more fuel to Turkey’s culture wars, reignited by a bill currently debated in the Turkish Parliament that foresees new restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol.   

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'My blood boils when spineless
psychopaths pretending to be atheist
swear at my religion.These people
which have been raped should be
annihilated,' Macit wrote in one tweet.


While reactions from twitter users were pouring in, Macit retaliated by writing that those who criticized the AKP government were “either seen as nude or holding a bottle of an alcoholic drink in their bio picture.”

This is not the first time that members of the AKP have stirred debate with comments about atheists. AKP Zonguldak deputy Özcan Ulupınar had said last year that “no benefits could come to society from an atheist youth.”

Recently a Turkish sociologist had likened atheism with autism, saying that autistic children can't go to heaven as they were “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.”  

May/22/2013

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5/24/2013 10:14:21 PM

@Sinan Osman - spoken like a true muslim. Thanks for making it clear to the rest of us.. once again. No wonder your people have come up with a new word, islamophobia. With people like you speaking for muslims, and others like Mahmut Macit calling for mass murders of a group of humans, it is no wonder some people might fear islam. But to be honest, most of us only fear people with radical opinions and history has shown us how dangers you all can be.

Murat

5/24/2013 10:08:02 PM

Who wants Sinan as a friend? Not me. This does not mean I think you should be anhiliated, but keep in mind that turning the other cheek is not in my DNA or culture either.

D Bogosian

5/24/2013 9:34:16 PM

I have never heard God or Religion insulted in such an idiotic way. And I'm from a country that has Michele Bachmann. Re: Recently a Turkish sociologist had likened atheism with autism, saying that autistic children can't go to heaven as they were “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.”

D Bogosian

5/24/2013 9:27:28 PM

To judge and condemn with a man’s will and call it God’s Will is the worst kind of Atheist.

Suhail Shafi

5/24/2013 5:58:22 PM

@Rorschach European attitudes towards cultural diversity are'nt exactly exemplary either.

american american

5/24/2013 5:55:39 PM

sinan proves that islam is not the religion of love...it is the religion of love-hate. it loves to hate and hates to love

Suhail Shafi

5/24/2013 5:53:23 PM

The AKP should fire Macit. Calling for the annihilation of a group of people is beyond the pale of what is expected of an elected official.

Rorschach ~

5/24/2013 5:45:44 PM

@ Sinan - Your attitude is exactly why Turkey is not, and will likely never be, a secular democracy.

K M

5/24/2013 4:43:59 PM

Thank you, sinan, for a strong statement of why those who hope for liberal Islam are foolling themselves or, like Mr Akyol, lying to the world.

Meric Mete

5/24/2013 3:44:44 PM

@Sinan: I'm sure you know, today the Pope said Athiests can be good people if they do good things. Compare his comments to your hateful comments and this AKP politican's hateful comments. Did Allah command you to hate some of your fellow human beings? Is "Love thy Neighbor" not a part of Islam?
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