Turkish Creationist Adnan Oktar Arrested

You probably know who Adnan Oktar is. He’s also known by his pen name, Harun Yahya. Wikipedia describes him as “a Turkish author as well as an Islamic creationist. … In more recent years, Adnan Oktar has been known for his televangelism on his TV channel, A9 TV, noted especially for featuring ‘kittens’, his female devotees. His organization is commonly referred to as a cult, and he has been described as the ‘most notorious cult leader in Turkey.’ ”

We used to write about him often, e.g., this from ten years ago:
Creationist Harun Yahya (Adnan Oktar) Is Interviewed, followed by this: Harun Yahya Offers Eight Trillion Dollar Prize! His name popped up recently in Creationist Wisdom #872: The Secret Dictatorship.

Today he’s back in the news. This is from the Istanbul-based Hürriyet Daily News, the oldest current English-language daily in Turkey: Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar blames ‘British deep state’ over detention on several charges. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar has blamed the “British deep state” over his detention in Istanbul along with dozens of his followers on July 11, with several charges ranging from sexual abuse to military espionage against him.

Shocking! The news continues:

Turkish police raided 120 residences and offices early July 11 to detain Oktar and 234 of his followers after criminal complaints filed by multiple plaintiffs whose ages range from 11 to 40. According to a statement by the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office, Oktar “was caught while he attempted to run away” from the police.

Egad, the man is behaving like a Darwinist! Let’s read on:

Some 79 suspects in the case were detained by noon July 11. According to the detention warrant, Oktar and his followers are accused of forming a criminal organization, sexual abuse of children, sexual assault, child kidnapping, sexual harassment, blackmailing, false imprisonment, political and military espionage, fraud by exploiting religious feelings, money laundering, violation of privacy, forgery of official documents, opposition to anti-terror law, coercion, use of violence, slander, alienating citizens from mandatory military service, insulting, false incrimination, perjury, aggravated fraud, smuggling, tax evasion, bribery, torture, illegal recording of personal data, violating the law on the protection of family and women, and violating a citizen’s rights to get education and participate in politics.

Wow! How could a creationist outfit behave like that? One last excerpt:

In 2006, Oktar wrote the Atlas of Creation under his pen-name Harun Yahya, arguing that Darwin’s theory of evolution is at the root of global terrorism. He has written more than 300 books, translated into 73 languages, his channel says on its website.

This is obviously a conspiracy orchestrated by the Darwinists. We’re confident that a fine creationist like Oktar will be found innocent of these charges.

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7 responses to “Turkish Creationist Adnan Oktar Arrested

  1. Well ! I’ve seen photos of this fellow suited up like a billionaire and surrounded by” model” female followers. Literally. In bikinis. So I’m thinking he’s slicker than the average creationist.

  2. Oktar must have done something to tick off Erdogan.

  3. bewilderbeast

    Look at those charges! Best example ever of “Throwing The Book At Him”! Methinks Erdogan envious?

  4. As much schadenfreude as there may be, and the shadiness of Oktar is evident, I worry about anyone arrested in Erdogan’s Turkey.

  5. Eric Lipps

    So do I. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he really had done something worthy of arrest.

    I note, by the way, that this guy is now babbling the same “deep state” nonsense as Donald Trump, his devotees and some at the opposite end of the political spectrum. Apparently just being a creationist isn’t crazy enough for him.

  6. Fake news.

    Only Darwinists commit crimes. Creationists remain as pure and blameless as the whole of humanity was prior to 1859, when Darwin went and invented all crime and perversion by publishing On the Origin of Species.

  7. Erdogan himself is ofc conservative Islamist and his govt has cut evolution from the school curriculum: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-evolution-secondary-school-education-national-curriculum-recep-tayyip-erdogan-regime-a7804016.html

    But being Islamist isn’t enough to rotect you from Erdogan, who is trying to get the US to hand over the cleric Fethullah Gülen, in exile in US: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/23/turkey-fethullah-gulen-extradition-request-joe-biden-ergodan