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    Turkey Islamists Orders 500-Year-Old Latin Inscription Erased from Knights of St. John Castle

    Turkey's Islamic-rooted government has ordered a 500-year old Latin inscription believed to have been carved by the Knights of St. John erased from an old castle, newspaper reports said Tuesday.

    In the written order, the Culture Minister told museum officials to scrape away the inscription "Inde deus abest," or "Where God does not exist," carved at the entrance to the dungeon of the Castle of St. Peter in the Aegean resort of Bodrum, Hurriyet, Sabah and Milliyet newspapers reported Tuesday.

    The ministry claimed the inscription had no historical value, the papers said.

    Culture Ministry officials would not immediately comment on the reports but said a statement would be released on the issue later.

    The move comes at a time when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government is under criticism for alleged attempts to raise Islam's profile in predominantly Muslim but secular Turkey. The government denies it has an Islamic agenda.

    The sign could be considered offensive to devout Muslims who believe in God's omnipresence.

    "Baffling censorship on 500-year-old inscription," Sabah said in a banner headline.

    "500-year-old inscription has no historic value!" read the headline in Milliyet.

    The Castle of St. Peter is now a museum of underwater archaeology displaying ship wrecks. The castle's dungeon -- the Gatineau dungeon -- was used as a lockup and torture chamber from 1513 to 1523.

    Milliyet said the ministry ordered the inscription erased two months ago. Museum officials had removed a tin plate sign with the English and Turkish translations of "Inde deus abest" and were pondering what to do with the inscription, it said.

    "Either we will scrape it away or cover it somehow," the paper quoted museum director Yasar Yildiz as saying.



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    Re: Reports: Turkey orders 500-year-old inscription erased from castle

    According to the Turkish media, the investigations have been carried out after the huge backlash regarding the ordeal and they found out that writing is 13 years old and has been carved there by a technician working for the ministry of culture.
    There are conflicting news and info about the whole thing,

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    Re: Reports: Turkey orders 500-year-old inscription erased from castle

    In fact, after the backlash they decided to leave it intact:

    God shall remain barred from dungeon


    Wednesday, June 14, 2006

    Tourism minister says they will investigate whether the sign to the entrance to Bodrum Castle's dungeon is original or not but notes they have decided to leave it in place regardless

    ANKARA - Turkish Daily News

    Source: http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/a...?enewsid=46106

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