Ali Duran Topuz

Ali Duran Topuz

Diyanet petition in Kobane Trial as religious condemnation case-study

"The Diyanet is not participating in the Kobani Case; the court hearing is taking place in the Diyanet."

The Presidency's Directorate of Religious Affairs submitted a petition to the court to be a plaintiff in the "Kobani case." As is well known, those who are harmed by the alleged criminal acts of those on trial in criminal cases request to intervene alongside the prosecutor. Diyanet's request was accepted. What is the reason behind it? It seems to be based on the fact that mosques were harmed during the protests, although the except for one sentence, there is no word about "damaged mosques."

Upon reviewing the petition, it becomes evident that it contains hateful language. Additionally, the Diyanet's involvement in the matter appears to be a combination of demands and instructions, as if it were a necessary aspect mandated by law.


Every time we say, "We have seen the bottom in injustice; nothing more is possible," the state and its institutions manage to invent a new path of lawlessness, in other words, a means of persecution, as if to say, "Wait, this is just the beginning." Diyanet's latest move is one of these inventions.

The petition begins by describing the duties of the Diyanet defined by law in exaggerated terms; there is even a sentence like this: "Our Presidency is an institution that keeps the religious, moral and spiritual values of society alive and contributes to the peace and tranquility of all humanity".

After this pompous rhetoric that goes beyond the boundaries of the Republic of Turkey to better justify the intervention, it continues with a strange sentence such as "The acts and behaviors of the persons subject to the lawsuit have caused irreparable consequences that fundamentally shake this situation". Immediately follows another incomprehensible sentence: "As a matter of fact, it is indisputable that if trust and confidence are lost in religious services that appeal to the conscience, this field, which does not accept a vacuum, will be left to various deviant movements and groups."


What does it say here as a "plaintiff"? Is it explaining what damage was caused by which act of which person was on trial? Did they steal the President's sword that he stuck in our eyes at the Hagia Sophia, or what? There needs to be concrete information. In any case, the "person" who intervenes in a lawsuit must have suffered some damage, and their demands must be related to this damage. It only says "the acts and behaviors of the persons subject to the lawsuit" Which one? Moreover, those people are not the "subject of the lawsuit"; they are active perpetrators in the lawsuit, albeit as "suspects."

Can an organization that cannot even use the official language correctly be considered an institution that contributes to the peace and tranquility of all humanity? Moreover, it is unfair to label individuals with religious or moral defamation before their actions have been judged in a case. Additionally, referring to those on trial as "perverts" indirectly does not promote justice, morality, or peace.


Let us clarify: This is not a petition of "participation" but defamation. The aim is to condemn the accused religiously and morally even before the verdict is rendered.

The text does not seem to take any sides except for the statement that "the damage to mosques due to acts of terrorism is intended to discredit the State in the eyes of the public." The petition shows agreement with the prosecutor's opinion, but it is more of a religious and bureaucratic instruction to the court. It would be acceptable for other state-affiliated institutions, such as the Ministry of National Education, Health, and Interior, to participate in the trial if a school, hospital, pharmacy, police station, or road were damaged. However, these institutions are not currently participating. The state's participation in the trial is motivated by a desire to prioritize the Diyanet over the judiciary.

To summarize, the Diyanet is not participating in the case; the court hearing is taking place in the Diyanet.

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