Turkey Warns EU Against Becoming ‘Club of Christians’

Maybe we should just go ahead and rename it the ACEU (Anti-Christ European Union).

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan warned the European Union against becoming a “club of Christians” as he pushed Saturday for Ankara’s membership in the bloc.

“If the EU finds itself as a club of Christians…. it is against the very soul of the EU,” Babacan told reporters on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

EU heavyweights France and Germany are both opposed to full Turkish membership, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been particularly vocal on the issue, arguing that the mainly Muslim country does not belong in Europe.

Babacan regretted that the issue of religion had apparently become a factor in the debate on Turkey’s accession.

“Religious lines should never be presented as a border,” he said, adding that the current 27-nation composition of the European bloc already contained “huge differences” in terms of culture, religion and language.

“Yet, these countries have been successful to find communality,” he said.

“At the end of the road, the decision has to be made over whether Turkey is going to add new richness to the EU, so that the EU has a truly global voice and a truly representative voice,” he added.

Babacan also argued that allowing Turkey into the EU would allow the bloc to act as a bridge between the West and the Islamic world.

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