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Secularism, Fundamentalism, and Democracies
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Old 07-16-2016, 05:29 PM
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http://www.vox.com/2016/7/15/1220444...ey-coup-failed

This isn't actually a US issue, but it bears some analysis as to what separation of Church and State (or the lack of it means). My estimation of Turkey is the following:
  1. It's a Democracy
  2. Fundamentalists (often poorer) have outpaced Secularists (often richer) in offspring
  3. Erdogan is the rightfully elected head of state
  4. Erdogan is and has been rolling back freedoms
  5. Erdogan has been prosecuting those that insult him or his religion

To some extent, I view this coup attempt as inevitable because the mechanization of a democracy without sufficient safe-guards against majorities are prone to this.

I guess my question is this. Can a secular democracy respect the will of the people to move towards a more religious/autocratic state when ultimately that door doesn't swing both ways? Deposing theocracies require violence (if someone has a counterexample to this please share.. I just have no memory of one that didn't). Deposing democracies require an election. I'm not saying I supported this coup... I've just been thinking about the topic.

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