Former Turkish politician “comes out” as Christian

A former deputy head of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the conservative central city of Kayseri has gone public with his conversion to Christianity.

“What’s the issue? It isn’t as bad as atheists, they don’t believe in anything,” Mehmet Akif Kum told secularist news website OdaTV.

“I know people who are atheists, and they cannot even say they are atheists! They need some courage.”

Kum, who runs a brand consultancy and has published a self-help book, said his faith was the result of soul-searching and research during his university years.

“I made a choice and became Christian,” Kum said.

“I now believe in Jesus.”