Deputy prime minister and government spokesman Bülent Arınç's recent statement was an example of how politicians can twist the facts to suit their interests.
In the wake of [the government's] discrimination [against schools affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement] in the list of planned incentives for private schools, Arınç said, "What we are doing has nothing to do with being like the gestapo; we are going to act within the limits of the law." Excuse me, but this statement sounded baseless.
It cannot be explained using the law when you order a road to be constructed in the middle of the courtyard of a school, [as it was reported in the media] or have [the municipal employees] take down the billboards of these schools. I believe the law was not violated to this extent even during the coup periods. Arınç was only right when he said that a government should not allow the existence of a "parallel structure." Those responsible should be identified. But is it fair to conduct the largest purge in the country's history based on an [unsubstantiated] claim? We used to know Arınç to have a political conscience. Is he now comfortable with being on the side of those committing persecution?
Published on Today's Zaman, 08 September 2014, Monday