Why Is Turkey’s Diyanet Budget So Large

Why Is Turkey’s Diyanet Budget So Large

Here are some fun facts about Turkey’s appropriation of taxes, etc:

“Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate is set to receive a share of next year’s budget that exceeds the allocations for 11 ministries, including major ones like the Interior and Foreign ministries, daily Hürriyet has reported.
With an increase of close to 1 billion Turkish Liras to its current budget of 3,89 billion liras, the Religious Affairs Ministry will receive a larger budget share than the Interior; Health; Science, Industry and Technology; Environment and Urban Planning; Culture and Tourism; Foreign; Energy and Natural Sources; Development; and European Union ministries.”

“With more than 100,000 employees, the Presidency of Religious Affairs has been described as state within the state. Its budget is compared with the budgets of other state departments as such:1.6 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of the Interior.

1.8 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Health.
1.9 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology.
2.4 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning.
2.5 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
2.9 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3.4 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Economy.
3.8 times larger than the budget of the Ministry of Development.
4.6 times larger than the budget allocated to MIT – Secret Services.
5,0 times larger than the budget allocated to the Department of Emergency and Disaster Management.
7.7 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
9.1 times larger than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Customs and Trade.
10.7 times greater than the budget allocated to Coast Guard.
21.6 times greater than the budget allocated to the Ministry of the European Union.
242 times larger than the budget for the National Security Council.
268 times more important than the budget allocated to the Ministry of Public Employee.”

“Religion is mentioned on the identity documents and there is an administration called “Presidency of Religious Affairs” or Diyanet, which exploits Islam to legitimize sometimes questionable actions of the state. It manages 77,500 mosques. This state agency, established by Ataturk in 1924, which had a budget over U.S. $2.5 billion in 2012 finances only Sunni Muslim worship. Other religions must ensure a financially self-sustaining running and they face administrative obstacles during operation.”
“When harvesting tax, all Turkish citizens are equal. The tax rate is not based on religion. However, through the Diyanet, Turkish citizens are not equal in the use of revenue. For example, Câferî Muslims (mostly Azeris) and Alevi Bektashi (mostly Turkmen) participate in the financing of the mosques and the salaries of Sunni imams, while their places of worship, which are not officially recognized by the State, don’t receive any funding.”

“The government now intends to make religious courses compulsory for the entire span of primary and elementary education, and the number of credits for religious courses has been increased from one to two under the recent recommendations.”

“The AKP has chosen only one version of Islam as the true and authentic interpretation and wants to impose it as a state religion starting with preschool education. Raising a religious generation is part and parcel of raising a pro-AKP generation. The religiosity of this generation will remain doubtful because piety that depends on the state is against the values of religion.”

-Hurriyet Daily News
–  Murat Aksoy, Today’s Zaman
http://www.todayszaman.com/op-ed_decisions-leading-to-raising-pro-akp-not-religious-generations_366403.html
http://www.tbmm.gov.tr/butce/2013/kanun_tasarisi.pdf
La politique turque en question: entre imperfections et adaptations (in French). Books.google.fr.
http://www.diyanet.gov.tr
Samim Akgönül – Religions de Turquie, religions des Turcs: nouveaux acteurs dans l’Europe élargie – L’Harmattan

 

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