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‘People who don’t pray are ANIMALS’ Turkish professor sparks outrage with shocking comments

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A leading Turkish professor has been branded a “lunatic” after claiming people who do not pray are “animals”.

Professor Mustafa Askar of Ankara University made the controversial comments during an appearance on state-run TV channel TRT.

He said: “The verse of the Koran says animals do not perform prayers and those who do not perform prayers are animals.”

A spokesman for Turkey’s religious affairs department has condemned the remarks, made during the holy month of Ramadan.

He said: “The place, importance and value of prayers in our religion are known by everyone.

“But it is unacceptable to denigrate or insult people by targeting their freedom of faith and worshipping.”

Askar’s inference of verses from the Koran goes against Islam’s “language of wisdom and its messages of mercy”, he added.

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Nurettin Canikli, Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister, declined to comment

Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli declined to comment, saying: “We did not have the opportunity to watch the programme in detail.”

He added: “If it constitutes a crime, necessary investigations and prosecutions are carried out by our prosecutors and our courts.”

Freedom of religion is guaranteed under Turkey’s constitution but critics claim president Recep Erdogan has launched a crackdown.

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Erdogan has been accused of cracking down on freedom of religion

Secular politician Engin Altay, of Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party, called Askar a “lunatic” last night.

Speaking to local media, he added: “I’ve read the Koran. This is neither a verse nor a saying. I think this individual is a lunatic.

“The ones who are animals are actually those who let him appear on such an important broadcasting company like TRT.”




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