By Robert Spencer
….But his main estrangement from Islam happened when he compared the Quran with other religious books.
”Then I realized how Muhammad transferred some of the writings of the Torah and Bible to the Quran. I was so frustrated and angry. I could not live my childhood and youth properly because of him. So many people can’t live properly because of him. So many people are sufferers of his disasters. So many people know what’s right as wrong and what’s wrong as right because they think the darkness that he chose exists. Human emotions and human creations haven’t progressed in many ways because of him. I have found no disease, neither cancer nor AIDS, and no disaster more horrid than the effects of that religion. And at that moment, I decided to start a fight,” Dursun said.
Dursun also gave up his job as a mufti, which he carried out for 14 years, to dedicate himself better to his cause.
”I gave up my job to be able to fight. I was on top of my career. I was not an ordinary mufti. People knew and respected me. But I had to leave that job. Because I thought that if I was to fight, I could not do that with my current job because that would not be honest. I have always been consistent. I never want a difference between what I think and what I do.”
Dursun said that he first lost his faith in Muhammad, then he deeply thought about it, reading extensively in anthropology, and in a few years time he lost his faith in God, as well.
With these changes, Dursun’s father and brothers were gradually estranged from him.
Then he started writing. His first problem was that no media outlet or publishing house wanted to publish his articles.
In the preface to “This is Religion — Part 1,” he explained that period: “I tried so hard to publish these articles. I rang many bells. My attempts continued for months, if not years. They all turned me down. [These articles] daunted even people known as ‘progressives’ or ’intellectuals.’ Even when my most moderate articles were presented to them, some of them said, ‘They can stone us to death if we publish them.’ Some of them were even scared of being bombed, let alone being stoned. Some of them responded with the same rhetoric of tactician politicians: ‘We respect the religion. We do not support offending religious feelings.’
”Every time I was turned down, I thought: If they can’t risk offending feelings, how can struggle against darkness be possible? Can new steps in the field of civilization be taken without offending feelings? How can changes that aim to reach a more beautiful, civilized, and humane world take place without offending feelings? What novelty or reform has been introduced without offending feelings? Have human beings not offended religious feelings as they have changed themselves and the nature? I always thought about these questions. But still found no entrance to our ‘liberal’ (!) printed press.
”So before our country and the world, I would like to document this (situation) and blame the ’intellectuals’ who function as stern wardens that are not very different from the sovereigns of the oppressive regimes that they accuse and as taps that prevent water required for liberation from flowing,” Dursun said.
Finally, Dursun was able to find a magazine to publish his articles and then a publishing house to print his books.
Among the many subjects he wrote about were violence in Islam, Shariah law, the status of women in Islam, the private life of Muhammad, contradictions in the Quran, “Satanic verses” and the vengefulness of Islamists. He also focused on what he called “the unscientific and irrational matters in the Quran.” He wrote countless books and articles in the 1980s.
His son Abit Dursun said that every single article his father wrote fell like a bombshell. “My father heartily dealt with taboos that no one in Turkey had ever dared discuss,” he said.
Thus, Turan Dursun often received death threats and was exposed to verbal attacks.
”Even a fatwa requiring my father’s execution was proclaimed. Then the magazine for which he wrote made a call to all Islamic scholars to join a debate program on TV with my father. But none of them volunteered because they knew that my father was one of the most outstanding scholars of Islam, not only in Turkey but throughout the world. And my father was fearless,” said Abit Dursun.
Turan Dursun’s knowledge was great and so was his bravery. But he did not write to harm, coerce, destroy or kill anyone. He had a cause, which he believed was to enlighten and liberate people to create a better world, where freedom and humanity would prevail. And his only weapon was the eloquence of his pen.
But his opponents did not share the same human values. As if to prove Dursun right about the violence of Islamic teachings, they did not confine themselves to verbal or psychological attacks.
At age 56, Dursun was brutally assassinated by two gunmen in front of his house in Istanbul on September 4, 1990.
After Dursun’s murder, a book titled “The Holy Terror of Hezbollah” was found on his bed. Family members said that the book did not belong to Dursun and was left on his bed as a message by the people who entered their house….
….Dursun was killed years ago, but the silence and indifference of the West — the free world — in the face of Islamism remains deafening.
The term “Islamphobia” has been invented to muzzle the critics of Islam so that Islamists’ feelings will not be offended. Even genuine supporters of this term must be well aware of the fact that the slightest, mildest criticism of Islam can cause violent reactions from “peaceful” Islamists.
That is why Alan Dershowitz was so right when he said, “The threat or fear of violence should not become an excuse or justification for restricting freedom of speech.”
Why do we fear a violent reaction from Muslims if we make any substantial critique of Islam? Is Islam not a religion of peace, as many claim it to be?…