Turkish group lobbies for equal treatment and protection for atheists
- The Turkish Atheism Association has created a petition calling for the end of automatic registration of Turkish newborns as Muslim, the removal of religion from Turkey’s ID cards, and the inclusion of the association in official meetings with non-Muslim groups.
- Although a 2010 poll found only 1% of Turkish people identify as atheist, the group hopes the 5,000 signatures it hopes to attain will bring attention to their marginalization in Turkey’s nominally secular society.
- The association was founded in 2014 in Istanbul, but a court blocked access to its website in March on the grounds of “provoking the people.”
“Turkish Atheism Association starts petition calling for ‘equal treatment’” (Middle East Eye)
“Turkey’s Atheism Association starts petition for ‘equal treatment’ before law and in society” (Hurriyet News Daily)
“Atheists raising their voice in Turkey amid polarized reactions” (Hurriyet News Daily)
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