Friday, April 18, 2008

Turkish government will allow Muslims to convert

 Ankara, Apr. 15, 2008 ( – Turkey’s Office of Religious Affairs has announced that Muslims may forsake Islam for another religion.

The decision sets up a conflict between Turkey's government, which asserts a strong secular identity, and the Islamic religion, which teaches that apostasy is punishable by death.

The Turkish government has been trying to achieve a delicate balance between the demands for greater religious freedom– especially in light of the country's application for membership in the European Union– and the rising sympathy for militant Islam among the country's people.