World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Islamophobia was a kind of racism such as the other forms of discrimination by describing the term as a crime against humanity.
Releasing a message on International Conference on Islamophobia: Law and Media which is being held in Istanbul, Erdogan stated that the Islamic concepts were used as a negative way bringing defamatory, dismissive and alienating connotations in the western world.
"It must be known that Islamophobia is dangerous as much as racism, discrimination or anti-semitism. Because Islamophobia is a kind of racism such as the other forms of discrimination. It is a crime against humanity" Erdogan said.
Stating that Islamophobia was embittered via movies, soap operas, music, media, photographs even with unofficial articles and essays, Erdogan said 9/11 caused an enemy perception against "Islam" in the western world.
He added "No monotheistic religion adopts, supports, permits or leads terror."
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said, "Islamophobia as a hate ideology is also a tool of oppression."
Speaking at the International Conference on Islamophobia: Law and Media in Istanbul on Thursday, Arinc said "The attitudes that cause cultures and civilizations confront each other build psychological barriers between people."
The main aim of the pressure on Muslims was fed by "Islam and democracy are not compatible with each other" theory", said Arinc and added, "I clearly express here in this meeting which Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) co-organizes, Muslims are democrats in essence."
He showed ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party as the most important example.
Arinc also said, "If Christianity and Judaism cannot be mentioned with terrorism, then our noble religion Islam cannot be deflamed this way either."
"Islamophobia is also a version of racism and a crime against humanity like other kinds of discrimination," said Arinc, adding that anyone with intelligence and conscience had to oppose this crime as a humanly duty.
Arinc called on the Islamic world to put effort for clearing the prejudices about Muslims, as well as adivising the west, especially the US and the EU to take measures against the fast and insidious spread of Islamophobia in their lands.
"Turkish government is ready to undertake its responsibility."
The Conference is organized by the Directorate General of Press and Information (BYEGM) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on September 12-13, 2013 with the participation of OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and several international scholars.
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