Created on Thursday, 24 April 2014 04:30
The locals of the association were opened in Istanbul's KadÄ±kÃ¶y district.
The first Atheism Association has been officially founded in Turkey, becoming a legal address in an effort to stand up for the rights of atheists in the country, daily Radikal has reported.
âNo atheists will be alone anymore, either on the streets or in courts,â the association said via its official Twitter account.
It also invited âeveryone who wants to meet or be a memberâ to its office, located in Istanbulâs KadÄ±kÃ¶y district.
In an interview with daily Agos last month, the founders of the Initiative of Atheism Association, Tolga Ä°nci and Ahmet Balyemez, said they thought there should be a place to provide legal support to people facing problems as atheists.
âEven saying âI am an atheistâ has begun to mean an insult to Islam in Turkey. The prime ministerâs remarks that âevery atheist is a terroristâ are being taken as normal,â they said in the interview. âWe need to say âwe are hereâ as atheists ... We are not related to any ideology. We want to approach atheism scientifically, not ideologically.â