Friday, October 13, 2006

EU for Turkey? Nope.

France has attempted to make Turkey's bid to become part of the EU a dead letter.

And for good reason: The Ottomans and Turks have denied for years that there was an Armenian slaughter conducted by the Ottomans.

France has enacted a law that makes it a crime to deny that the Armenian Genocide occurred. Why the big deal? It was Adolph Hitler that commented that 'nobody remembers the Armenians' when planning the 'Final Solution' of the Jews.

During the tumult of the early 20th century, Ottoman Turks systematically exterminated 1.5 million plus Armenians from eastern Anatolia because they demanded 'religious rights' to practice their Christian faith. The Ottoman Turks were of course Muslim.

The politics behind this is that Turkey is seeking European Union (EU) membership and France is the most influential member of the EU. This issue of the Armenian Genocide touches on a larger issue and that is the lack of respect and freedom for Christian minorities in Muslim majority countries which is in sharp contrast to the lopsided freedoms given to Muslim minorities in (post-)Christian countries.

One "Good on Ya" for the Frogs.

HT: Custos Fidei

3 comments:

Neo-Con Tastic said...

Nada.

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

I'm sure that Turkey, being spurned from the EU, will vent their joyful gratitude to the Pope, when he visits. I'm hoping that they can control their expression of peace while he's there, but France isn't helping...

Tito said...

France is still the favored 'daughter' of the Church. She has had spasms of hope with large 'pro-life' rally's and Interior Minister Sarkozy's leanings toward Christianity.

It needs to be noted thought that only about a third of the National Assembly showed up for the vote. Nonetheless France made a bold statment with this vote.

I will give credit where credit is due. Good going France, we pray for your return to the faithful.