THE TURKISH PRESIDENT HAS ACCUSED THE EU OF LAUNCHING AN ANTI-ISLAM “CRUSADE” OVER A RULING THAT ALLOWS COMPANIES TO BAN STAFF FROM WEARING HEADSCARVES.
(Ankara) Addressing a rally in the northwestern Turkish province of Sakarya on Thursday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his discontent with a Tuesday ruling by the European Court of Justice, which states that Islamic headscarves can be banned by employers as part of a general policy barring all religious and political symbols.
“Shame on the EU. Down with your European principles, values and justice…they started a clash between the cross and the crescent, there is no other explanation,”
he said, as quoted by Reuters.
His comments follow a similar statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who warned on Thursday that “wars of religion”will soon begin in Europe.
Erdogan went on to slam the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, saying he had lost Ankara’s friendship after Dutch authorities banned ministers from speaking at a rally in Rotterdam and dispersed hundreds of protesters outside the Turkish consulate.
“Hey Rutte! You may have emerged as the number one party in the election but you must know that you have lost Turkey as your friend,”
Erdogan said, according to “Straits Times”.
The Turkish president has been extremely vocal in his distaste for the Netherlands ever since, accusing the country of acting like “Nazi remnants,” state terrorism, and having a “rotten” character.
In 1095, “Deus vult” was used as the cry of the people during Pope Urban II’s declaration of the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont in Clermont, France. On February 14th, 2012, the strategy game Crusader Kings II was released, which contains a pop up message displaying “Deus Vult!” when the Pope announces a Crusade during the campaign.
On December 10th, 2013, YouTuber universalbean uploaded a video titled “Deus Vult!,” containing a slideshow of various paintings depicting the Crusades. On October 14th, 2015, YouTuber Metaphysical Gnome uploaded a video titled “Ave Maria! Deus Vult,” featuring footage of Christian soldiers in the Free Syrian Army.
On May 6th, /r/The_Donald moderator D4rkd3str0yer submitted a post titled “Meme Magic Friday: Deus Vult Edition” to the subreddit, inviting viewers to “bring down the holy wrath of meme fire” upon Donald Trump’s political opponents. On July 10th, Imguruser TheBigGay submitted a gallery of image macros referencing the Crusades and “Deus vult,” which reached the front page of the /r/dankchristianmemessubreddit two months later.