This quote strikes me as sort of the reverse of the old story about Eskimos having a bazillion words for snow, but it’s still worth noting:
The fact is, analysts say, that for all that it has a secular constitution, Turkey remains a relatively conservative country. The word atheist has only recently appeared in Turkish, but “godless” still remains an insult here. “Only 2% of the people we interviewed said they didn’t believe in God”, says Ali Carkoglu, co-author of a 2006 study of religious attitudes.
“Given that we had a 2% margin of error that could mean nobody”, he added. “In any case it takes considerable courage for a Turk to admit to a stranger that they are atheists.”
The London Independent
30 November 200