Erdogan's Idea of 'Tolerance'

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) began its Fifth Global Forum in Vienna, Austria, on February 27, 2013. Addresses from various international leaders and policymakers such as the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer opened the conference. This speaker list also included Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan's speech, video of which with an interpreter's English translation is available online along with the other speeches, contains certain fleeting disturbing comments amidst platitudes about universal human dignity and diplomatic pleasantries. Erdoğan's comments call into question just what visions of cross-civilizational tolerance are at work at the UN today. After decrying what Erdoğan saw as a rise in racist incidents and terrorism, he demanded (mark 8:15) that the world "consider, just like Zionism or anti-Semitism or fascism, Islamophobia as a crime against humanity." Erdoğan's conjunction of...(Read Full Post)