I agree that it is a pity that people in Turkey apparently have to declare their religious affiliation.
But at least they accept Zoroastrianism as a viable alternative. And Yezidis are of course welcome to declare themselves as Zoroastrians. The Yezidi community in Stockholm often refers to itself here as "Kurdish Zoroastrians".
Thank you for sharing this most interesting news with us, George!
2009/12/4 Bahman Noruziaan
I did not expect that in secular Turkey also, people need to reveal and declare their religious beleifs.
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 17:35:49 +0000
Subject: [Ushta] "Zoroastrian" in Turkey
I just came across a turkish website. For the first time in Turkey the word "Zarathushtra" was written on an id card (in Turkey religion is declared) for the religion of a person. It's the id card of a Kurd that lives in Turkey and wanted to identify himself as "Yezidi", without success. Instead of Yezidi the officers accepted the name "Zerdust", Zoroaster in Turkish.
You can see the id card on: http://www.zekirdek.com/forum/226729-turkiyede-ilk-din-hanesine-zerdust-yazildi.html