Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Turkish publisher of God Delusion could be charged for inciting religious hatred

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The owner of Turkish publishing house Kuzey may be charged with inciting religious hatred for publishing Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion. According to a report on the Guardian website, a Turkish prosecutor is considering whether to charge Erol Karaaslan as both the translator and publisher of the book, which has sold more than 6,000 copies in Turkey since its publication in June.

It seems the investigation was triggered by a complaint from a reader, who argued the book was an assault on "sacred values". If convicted Karaaslan could face up to a year behind bars.

2 comments:

jeepyjay said...

I don't suppose there is any chance of prosecuting the Turkish writer Adnan Oktar (Harun Yahya) for blasphemy against Darwinism?

http://www.harunyahya.com/c_refutation_darwinism.php

He has circulated copies of his Atlas of Creation to schools in France and the US and probably wider. These creationist organisations seem to be extraordinarily well funded.

Snipperoo said...

I guess it won't be that long before we have our own first prosecutions here for 'inciting religious hatred'. Will we first prosecute a Muslim or a Catholic? Wonder what the press and government response will be when the government of Sudan sends high poobahs over to plead for the release of a Sudanese prisoner who is serving a two week sentence? Outrage, no doubt!