"I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him against the liberty of his fellow-men."
-Well, the first part of the quote is believed to be added later by some certain "shady characters" who tries to show Atatürk as an anti-religious type to alienate Turkish Nation to Atatürk in their plans to reformat secular Turkish Republic as a Islamic Regime (that a long story..). If you study Atatürk's life you would see that he is not against the religion itself but some certain superstitions told as if they are a part of the Islam which actually belong to Arabic Culture in it's darkest ages.
Furthermore his many other quotes contradict whit this certain quote. And there is actually no source to claim it's validity, other than Mango's book and Mr. Mango has not heard the quote himself but been told so...
By the way the quote:
This is Islam, an absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, a rotting corpse which poisons our lives.
Is simply asparagus and has no place here...
- The last quote seems to be correctly designated as spurious — but many of your other edits were deletion or alteration of published material, such as is improper on the Wikiquote project. You might believe your transcriptions make more sense, but we must quote published material — not "correct it" according to our understandings. ~ Kalki 03:13, 17 February 2009 (UTC)
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