"We will raise a religious generation,” Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan said at a party gathering.
"You are not a pious man but a religion-monger," main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed Erdoğan for exploiting people’s religious feelings.
The timing of the debate is especially interesting.
After all, Erdoğan had curbed his Islamist rhetoric last year and even called for secularism in the Arab world. More recently, his improved image in the West had taken a blow by a war of words with author Paul Auster, who criticized the Turkish government on freedom of expression.
Erdoğan's goal of "raising a religious generation" and the awful press freedom report of his government are somehow interconnected now.
Check out the latest websites that I've discovered that our bureaucracy (without a court order) recently blocked off access from Turkey.
You already know about my personal website, emrekizilkaya.com, that cannot be reached from Turkey. Now theistanbulian.com is also added to that list.
Another recent addition to the blacklist is the official website of the famous magazine, Rolling Stone. When you try to access it from Turkey, the following message appears: "You don't have permission to access 'http://www.rollingstone.com/' on this server." I don't know what they had done wrong, according to the Turkish administration. They said that they also didn't have any idea.
The number of instances of mysterious censoring gets bigger. Who knows, the latest example may even be related to Erdoğan's goal of "raising a religious generation," as it is a female swimsuit seller: Venus.com. When you try to reach the site from Turkey, you get the same message: "Access denied. You don't have permission to access 'http://www.venus.com/' on this server."
Maybe it's just the time for an online Muslim swimwear start-up in Turkey...
EDIT: The authorities who didn't give any response in the past quickly explained the situation to me after I reached them through a friend in the business. They say that the censor has got nothing to do with me. The access to one of the servers of the American domain registrar that I'm also using is banned in Turkey because of a copyright issue by a third party. It seems that it is not political, but who knows? Maybe the authorities just don't care about this absurd violation of my citizen rights, because they don't like what I'm writing here...