Turkey, Malaysia, And Religious Liberty

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 11, 2009

Joshua Treviño’s analysis of the difference between Turkey’s and Malaysia’s treatment of religion and religious liberties is definitely worth a read (on a related matter, check out this post, in the event that you missed it before). Again, it is worth noting that a society that represses religious sentiment and thought will only invite religious fanaticism in the future, as the driving of religious sentiment underground serves to increase religious tensions, rather than allowing those tensions to dissipate in an open society. As Josh points out, Malaysia is much better about accommodating religious sentiment than is Turkey, which is why Malaysia’s will likely be the more stable society in the future. It is also the more religiously pluralistic society, which only serves to augment the country’s chances for long term social stability.

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