May 06 2018

Turkey slammed French proposal to change Quran

Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik on Sunday slammed a French manifesto proposing the removal of some Quran verses and claimed the signatories had ideological affinity with the Islamic State.

“300 French writers and politicians asked for taking out some verses from Holy Quran by arguing that it spreads violence and antisemitism, Çelik said on twitter, calling the manifesto the most striking example of intellectual violence and barbarity.

“Those people, with such a barbaric and unethical demand, actually announced that they have signed up to ideological affinity with DEASH,” Çelik continued using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. 

Çelik added that this approach could only be subject of political psychiatry revealed the barbarity rising in the heart of Europe.

The manifesto was published in the French daily Le Parisien on April 21 and was signed by 300 prominent intellectuals and politicians, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls. It argued that Quran incited violence and insisted that “the verses of the Quran calling for murder and punishment of Jews, Christians, and nonbelievers be struck to obsolescence by religious authorities,” so that “no believer can refer to a sacred text to commit a crime.”