‘Christianity no longer a religion’, says Turkish minister

Erdoğan Bayraktar. AA Photo

 Erdoğan Bayraktar. AA Photo

Christianity has ceased to be a religion but has become a culture of its own, Turkish Environment and Urbanism Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar said at a recent conference hosted by the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Women’s Group.

“The biggest three countries in the world are not Muslim countries. China, India – only the U.S. believes in a single God. Spirituality and religious feelings are weakening,” Bayraktar said.

“There are 2.5 billion Christians in the world,” Bayraktar said. “Christianity is no longer a religion. It’s a culture now. But that is not what a religion is like. A religion teaches; it is a form of life that gives one peace and happiness. That is what they want to turn [Islam] into as well.”

via Hurriet Daily News

Wow, Turkey used to be more moderate and allied to Western interests, which is why it’s in NATO.

Recently it’s been taking some more extremist religious turns, which is only confirmed by this statement – if religion gives “peace and happiness” do they really believe that the Islamist nations of the world have more peace and happiness than Americans?