Following on from yesterday's post about Turkish creationist Harun Yahya, it's well worth listening to this episode of Radio 4's Crossing Continents. With a view to the upcoming Turkish elections on July 22, presenter Tim Whewell travels to Kayseri in eastern Turkey, the stronghold of the ruling Islamist AKP Party and home to a growing Islamist elite. He finds that Kayseri is a world apart from the largely secular cities of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, and hears how life in the city has changed since the AKP came to power. Worryingly, towards the end of the episode Whewell discovers that Kayseri's schools are becoming slowly Islamicised, with the local AKP Party, including its deputy chairman, advocating the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in science lessons.
With the Turkish elections just days away, it is worth referring to Ahmet Altan's piece in the current New Humanist, where he warns that the outcome could have fateful consequences for us all.