Istanbul - There are fundamental rights and freedoms that form the basis of modern constitutions, laws and declarations. Freedom of thought and belief are also essential in this regard. The extent that these freedoms can be exercised is considered as a concrete indication of the difference in the levels of development in the Western and Eastern societies.

A young girl studies the Koran at a mosque in Dortmund, October 3, 2010. German President Christian Wulff used part of a speech celebrating two decades of democratic unity on Sunday to stress that Islam has a place in Germany.
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Harun Yahya is prominent Turkish writer.