Turkey’s atheists and religious minorities join forces to protest religious instruction in schools

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A Turkish demonstrator carries a placard reading "Abolish compulsory religious courses" during a schools boycott in Ankara on February 13, 2015. The Turkish government recently introduced mandatory religious courses for all pupils in state schools. Photo by Recep Yilmaz

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ISTANBUL (RNS) Public education has become a symbol of the tug of war between Turkey’s secular tradition and the rising religious tide.