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One feels pity for the irreligious, so why are you attacking irreligious? You cannot pull an irreligious person towards your own religion by force. You have to give them freedom, you cannot interfere with their beliefs. You cannot drag them towards your own system, your own moral values. Unless they do harm to anyone, you cannot interfere with their values. You can only interfere with them if they do harm to you in person, to your environment or the society; in which case you would have a right to do so. But even then it would be within the framework of law and justice system.
The atheists can rest their hearts in peace. I do feel great compassion for them all. We can write to each other and make conversation, no one would have a negative attitude towards them. Such a thing would never happen. There is freedom of statement. People are free to state their opinions so that information becomes clear; so that opinions become clearer.
If you exert pressure, people would feel abased. You would make people who normally would not consume alcohol start consuming alcohol, you would cause people who would normally perform their prayers, stand apart from prayers; things that would not normally happen would start to happen. I mean oppression would disrupt a person’s balance.
Freedom would bring about comfort and abundance. We should protect Jews, we should protect Christians and irreligious people as well. Let us create such a liberal, refreshing, beautiful environment. A very wealthy, sound understanding of religion would prevail in such an environment. Secularity is a system that exists in the essence of religion.
The concept of secularity exists in the complete sense in the Qur'an. Secularity as described in the Qur'an should be put into practice. Everyone should be utmost free in their beliefs. The essence is not to intervene in anyone's beliefs. One cannot interfere in the beliefs of an irreligious person, or a religious one, or a mason or a communist or anyone else for that matter. They all are first class citizens.
If a person is intimidated and forced into accepting an opinion, hatred will be formed in his/her subconscious towards that opinion. People should be warmed into ideas by making them love these ideas, by persuasion and by gentle placation. It should be done reasonably and peacefully through democratic means.
The vast majority of the Turkish people are Ataturkist, intellectual people who have progressive thoughts, who like freedoms, who understand Islam as it was in the time of the Companions, people who advocate modern Islam. All our youth are modern. Consequently it would not be possible to enforce bigoted, fanatical understanding of Islam in Turkey.
Being a communist is not an offense but being a terrorist, anarchist, ferocious organization is an offense. Otherwise if it were to remain on the intellectual level, be a communist, defend any other ideology you like we would not be concerned by any of them. You can be an atheist, you can be a communist, but if you attempt to employ violence and terror, we would be standing against you. We would not let you do that.
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