Secularism and Democracy in Turkey

In the wake of the visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul to the White House last week, Tulin Daloglu writes in The Washington Times that “Turkey finds itself in what is arguably the most crucial turning point in its history.”  He expresses concern that in praising Turkey’s democracy, President Bush has omitted the importance of secularism.  Daloglu concludes by hoping that President Bush will recognize “the need to create a ‘contemporary Islam’ — which means an active observance of secularism that denies ‘political Islam’.”