Erdoğan says Islam exludes all extremists and terror speaking at a TV show in the US on Wednesday, so that he denies to use ‘moderate Islam’ a term widely used for his governmentSource: Hurriyet
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (C) is praying with along with Libya’s National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdul Jalil (R) in Tripoli last week.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan denied the expression of ‘moderate Islam’ widely used for his government in international media reports, adding that Islam excludes extremism and a Muslim must have serious problems to be a terrorist. Erdoğan also reiterated his definition of secularism, this time referring to the Turkish Constitution adopted in 1982 – the one his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has been attempting to change for a long time.
“I do not accept the expression ‘moderate Islam.’ Actually, Islam does not accept extremism. It is the religion of peace and does not allow terror. It is not correct to mention Islam and terrorism together,” said Erdoğan, speaking in a televised interview on U.S. public television channel PBS. “If a Muslim becomes a terrorist, it means that he or she has serious problems. He or she has nothing to do with Islam,” said Erdoğan, who was in New York to attend the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly.