Thursday, April 19, 2007

Turkey, Pakistan public oppose bigger Islam role

Into a dreary world, a bit of light enters...

From The Washington Times:
Turkey and Pakistan, two influential Muslim states, have seen massive public demonstrations in recent days in which huge crowds protested that Islam was playing too big a role in public affairs.

In Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, an estimated 100,000 people took to the streets Sunday to protest plans by an influential mosque to run a "Taliban-style" anti-vice campaign in the capital city of Islamabad.

A day earlier, some 500,000 Turks staged a rally in Ankara urging Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former Islamist and head of the moderate Muslim ruling party, not to run for president, traditionally a secular and nonpartisan post.
Finally, some good news in the Middle East! I did not expect this, but I am sure happy it is happening! Hope springs eternal folks and this adds more to the water table.


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