Agencies and A News WORLD
Published October 06,2020
Delivering a speech during an event in the capital Ankara
on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
severely criticized French President Emmanuel Macron
's recent remarks about Islam, and calling them "disrespectful
"Have we ever said Christianity
should be reconstructed? Who are you to propose the reconstruction
?," Erdoğan underlined in his address as targeting French leader for his anti-Islamic discourse
last week described Islam
as a religion "in crisis" worldwide and said the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church
He announced stricter oversight
of schooling and better control over foreign funding of mosques.
The statement sparked criticism
among Muslims worldwide.
Turkish and French leaders are already at odds over maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean
and the latest conflict in Armenian-occupied Upper-Karabakh
Erdoğan advised Macron "to pay more attention
while talking about issues that he is ignorant
him to act as a responsible statesman
rather than act like a colonial governor
has become one of the most important tools for European politicians
to hide their failure," Turkish leader pointed out.
In many Western countries, racism and Islamophobia are safeguarded by the state itself, the president concluded as referring to the increasement of anti-Muslim sentiments across the world.