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Monday, May 28, 2012

Renowned Turkish pianist to be prosecuted for 'insulting Islam' on Twitter

A world-renowned Turkish pianist faces prosecution for 'insulting Islam' as a result of tweets posted to his Twitter account (Hat Tip: Tuna T and Joshua I).
The state-run Anatolia news agency reported on Friday that an İstanbul court will decide whether to accept the proposed indictment against Fazıl Say, who has played piano with the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and Tokyo Symphony.

The prosecutor accuses 42-year-old Say of inciting hatred and public enmity and insulting "religious values." Say, who has served as a culture ambassador for the European Union, allegedly mocked Islamic beliefs on Twitter.

Last month, Say sent controversial tweets questioning whether heaven in Islamic belief is like a brothel or pub because the Quran says there are rivers of drinks and houris, or very beautiful women, in heaven for those who commit good deeds while they are on earth.
I have been told that the tweets also included the following (translated from Turkish):
the tweet's translation is "is allah something you live for or kill for?...Every murderer, rapist, thief is a believer in allah. Is this not a paradox. I am an atheist and proud of it" This was has his tweet.
And Turkey's leader is Barack Hussein Obama's best friend forever. Is this where the US is heading as well?

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At 3:27 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

I'm of divided opinion on this. On the one hand we shouldn't cheer oppression, on the other, anything they can do smash their own ship of state on the rocks is a good thing. Remember how many Jewish scientists left Germany in the 30's?

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a brilliant pianist. Heard him years ago in Jerusalem playing some of his original pieces.

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Empress Trudy,

Germany didn't suffer for losing it's 'Jewish scientists', after the war, it quickly rose to being the richest economy in Europe.

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shy Guy

He is a brilliant pianist. Heard him years ago in Jerusalem playing some of his original pieces.


I thought you were an uncultured uncouth brute?

So, you can thank the Quran and the language of God for that. Musical notation was based on the ARabic alphabet, Doh Ray Me, is based on the Arabic letters.

Do I hear a thank you?

It's just one of the many gifts Islam gave the world :)


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