Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Mustafa Akyol

A reliable source passes on this background on Mustafa Akyol.

Apparently, it's "Akyol," not "Akoyl" as Harris has it on his list.

Mustafa Akoyl is a conservative muslim and Christian apologist to those of his faith who writes for the National Review, etc.

Here's a really stunning piece by him explaining why muslims should embrace Intelligent Design: because, he explains, to his fellow muslims, Christians really are on the right side of things:

Some lines that should set off alarm bells (even among the IDers):

"Intellectual Christians have already found that way. They encountered materialism before we did, because it grew right in the heart of Christendom. They have been standing against it for several decades. And recently they have initiated a bold movement*a "wedge" as they call it*to split the foundations of materialism.

This "wedge" is the code name for the Intelligent Design Movement, formed in the early 1990s by Christian scientists and intellectuals. The leader of the movement is Phillip E. Johnson, a prominent professor of law from the University of California, Berkeley...."

He's written for the National Review, and Front Page Magazine, David Horowitz's conservative rag. His sign off says:

Mustafa Akyol is a political scientist, columnist and writer from Turkey. He is also a director at the Intercultural Dialogue Platform, based in Istanbul.

This page quotes an article he wrote about religious freedom in Turkey, and notes:

A web search for Mustafa Akyol reveals that he was born in Ankara in 1972 and had his early education there. He graduated from the Istanbul British High School and the International Relations Department of the Bosphorus University, an American college in Istanbul. He earned his master's degree in the History Department of the same university.

Since the mid 1990's, Akyol has been voluntarily working with several Islamic foundations of Turkey, including the Science Research Foundation, which focuses on explaining modern science from a Muslim point of view. Through the SRF, he got in touch with the Discovery Institute, based in Seattle, which defends a more objective paradigm of science and argues for a new theory of origins called "Intelligent Design."

Since 2002, Akyol has been working as a columnist on foreign affairs in the Turkish press and is also the director of international relations at the Intercultural Dialogue Platform, which launched by a moderate Muslim religious community in Turkey.

His interest in the debate is that he wants to battle materialism, which he thinks means attacking science.

This is a theme emerging. They aren't talking about science, they are talking about the cultural debate. Which, if any, of the witnesses are qualified to address the issue of the "Santorum Amendment"?