Turkey-Erdogan-Bayraktar-AP-620x431“Christianity is no longer a religion.” That’s the assessment offered by the former environment and urban planning minister in Turkey speaking to a gathering sponsored by the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP). “Christianity is no longer a religion. It’s a culture now. But that is not what a religion is like. A religion teaches; it is a form of life that gives one peace and happiness. That is what they want to turn [Islam] into as well,” said the minister Erdogan Bayraktar according to a report posted Wednesday in Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News. “There are 2.5 billion Christians in the world,” noted Bayraktar. “The biggest three countries in the world are not Muslim countries. China, India – only the U.S. believes in a single God. Spirituality and religious feelings are weakening,” Bayraktar said at an event hosted by a women’s committee of the AKP. More