Ataturk shows Muslims can accept Western values

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Valley News - Opinion
Let me explain something to the Muslim politicians who believe that their practice of Islam includes erasing American values. After Turkey was on the losing side of World War I, the position of sultan was abolished, Turkey became a republic and Kemal Ataturk became the first president of Turkey. As the president whose duties included foreign relations, Ataturk was familiar with Turkey’s neighbors. Turkey shares borders with European nations, and Turkey also shares borders with the Middle East. Ataturk felt that Turkey would be better off taking after Europe rather than taking after the Middle East. He maintained the Turkish language but replaced the Arabic alphabet with the Latin alphabet. He also converted Turkey’s calendar from the Islamic system to the European calendar and
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