(US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, pictured, accused his former ally Recep Erdogan of staging the coup to generate sympathy and provide a pretext to order a clampdown on civil rights and democracy in Turkey,)
Daily Mail (UK): US-based Turkish cleric facing extradition over botched rebellion claims president orchestrated plot to justify a clampdown on civil rights
- Exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen accused Recep Erdogan of staging the coup
- The Pennsylvania-based preacher has condemned the attempted rebellion
- Erdogan told supporters he is considering reintroducing the death penalty
- He claimed Gulen was behind a ‘parallel structure’ to overthrow the state
Opinion: Erdogan has been stealthy pushing Sharia law on a mostly secular nation.
The most recent survey of the political/religious inclinations of Turkish society was conducted in 2013 by the Pew Research Center, which found that only 12% of all Turks support “making Sharia the official law in their country.” In contrast, 84% of Pakistanis and 74% of Egyptians supported the idea.
This past April, Ismail Kahraman, a known confidant of Erdogan, in what many experts think was a trial balloon, sparked controversy when he declared that Turkey’s new constitution should forgo any mention of “secularism” and instead be a “religious constitution” referencing God.
Erdogan issued this statement in defense of secularism: “If the faith of all religious groups in this country is guaranteed in the constitution, and the state’s equal distance to all religious groups is a foundation, why do you need to emphasize Islam? If I can live my faith as a Muslim the way I want to, the issue is over. If a Christian can live his/her Christianity, if a Jew can live his/her Jewishness or an atheist can live his/her atheism, the issue is also over for them.”
Erdogan’s statement was viewed by secularists as a plan to test the waters since the true face of his AKP party is deeply religious.
Supporting this view is Erdogan’s open relationship with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal and stealth support for ISIS, both of which are deeply opposed by secular Turks.
Supporting terror groups is an Erdogan family affair:
Bilal Erdogan, son of the dictator, is internationally known for selling ISIS oil on the black market, while Sümeyye Erdogan, daughter of the dictator runs the medical corps … treating injured ISIS members who have been brought in by military trucks.
Erdogan is a thug, a liar, a despot and deeply religious. That he would stage his own coup to build his power base and at the same time arrest and execute his enemies makes perfect sense.
And if our timing is right, Erdogan may be the leader to join a Russian-led alliance to plunder the Jewish state as prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39.