Greece's Turkish politicians rally against controversial ‘imam law'
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Since: Mar 10
#1 Jan 16, 2013
Turkish politicians in Greece have lashed out at a controversial bill that would have allowed Greek authorities to appoint imams in public schools and mosques in Western Thrace.
The bill, first initiated in 2007, has failed to come into law due to strong resistance by the Turkish community in the region. The bill, also known as the “Imam Law,” was amended and brought to the Greek Parliament's agenda on Tuesday again.
During heated debates, neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party deputy Panayotis Iliopulos verbally attacked the Turkish deputy from the PASOK party, Ahmet Haciosman. The ultra-nationalist deputy described the Turkish deputy as a “Turkish agent.” Another deputy of the same party, Khirtos Papas, said Golden Dawn will work hard to prevent any Turkish deputy from being sworn into the Parliament.
The deputies showed a photograph of Haciosman while he was visiting a foundation in Turkey dedicated to issues regarding Western Thrace as “evidence” of their claims.
Responding to the accusations of the Golden Dawn deputies, Haciosman said visiting an association in the Turkish city of Bursa is not equal to being a “Turkish agent” and that he has always been loyal to and defended his country Greece.
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Haciosman said the bill is not in the interest of the Turkish community and that there are other issues that should be solved.
Saying that the Turkish community does not need such a law and that they didn't make any demands in this regard, Haciosman said there is what he called a “mufti problem” that should be solved before all in Western Thrace, where Turks predominantly live.
Athens does not recognize the Turkish community's muftis and insist on appointing muftis by the central government, something the Turkish community finds unfair.
He added that he does not believe the law will add anything to the Turkish community in Greece but will instead create additional problems. He underlined that the Turkish community can in no way accept this law, which he believes will violate the integrity and unity of Turks.
Rejecting the accusations of the Golden Dawn deputies, Haciosman said they will continue to defend the rights of Turks in parliament.
Meanwhile, the bill, which was proposed by the Ministry of Education, is believed to have been shelved after debates. Had the bill been adopted, imams in the mosques of Western Thrace would have been appointed by a council comprising Christian and Greek members.
In their statements, Haciosman and SYRIZA deputies Ayhan Karayusuf and Hüseyin Zeybek said they would unequivocally reject the bill if it comes to the agenda of the assembly.
#2 Jan 17, 2013
clean up your act first---- http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2010/...
#3 Jan 17, 2013
.oh cut the crap------- http://pomaknews.com/en/...
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