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It read: "In the last few days we have all seen much debate, and considerable concern, expressed about an application to Warwick Students' Union made by the Warwick Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society, that an SU society host the campaigner and blogger Maryam Namazie as an external speaker.
Meanwhile, leftists and secularists, as well as the country's main ethnic Kurdish minority and Alevi populations -- who complain the ruling AKP discriminates against them -- have tended to oppose the government's position on Syria and criticize its perceived support for radical Islamists.
But opposition from secularists as well as a ban in other state institutions--which was lifted this month--deterred women from wearing them.
The threat of a coup is not far-fetched: the secularist military staged three coups in Turkey between 1960 and 1980 and pushed the first Islamist-led government out of office in 1997.
Ennahda leaders may have been maneuvering to draw the Salafis into the process, while maintaining their political support, but it gave the secularists another reason to doubt Ennahda's commitment to moderation.
Historically, most secularists have actually been Christians who saw the sense in freedom from government interference in religion.
It is this last point that more than anything explains the failure of secularist Arabs to capitalise on the uprisings to push for wider reforms and mount serious attempts at taking power.
Tunisia's secularists said their fears about an Islamist takeover were being realized on Tuesday after a senior official in the moderate Islamist party which won last month's election invoked the revival of a caliphate, or Islamic state.
The report also says that the secularist voice - atheists, humanists, rationalists - is emerging strongly, concerned to oppose religious influence on political parties.
The government says the investigations will help to improve democracy but secularists have accused the government of using the courts to intimidate them.
In third place was former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya list, a cross-sectarian, secularist group that is well ahead in two provinces home to large numbers of minority Sunnis.
Second, Kuru stresses in his conclusion that "religious groups should not build alliances with authoritarian regimes, if they do not want to face the rise of anticlerical (or antireligious) movements and an assertive secularist (or antireligious) regime" (p.