Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister, Bülent Arinç, reportedly made some highly offensive remarks during an event in the Turkish city of Bursa. He was speaking during a breaking-of-the-fast festive meal to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
During his speech, the minister shared his true position about his views on woman -- revealing that he is an out-and-out sexist.
His comments speak for themselves, as he urged those belonging to the "fairer sex" -- who in civilized countries are considered equals -- not to "laugh out loud in public" and also -- just 'cos he felt he should mention it -- should "stop talking about "unnecessary' things on the phone."
His sexist rant, which was like something straight out of the Hamas charter, also included allegations of "moral corruption" caused by television, claiming Turkish teens are being turned from "symbols of chastity" into "sex addicts."
He went on to claim that Turks have lost their values and need to immediately return to the ways of the Koran, and Islam, the religion of "peace."
Discussing his view of the perfect man (or woman), Arnic said they need a sense of shame as well as honor:
"Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womaniser. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness."The minister seemed to be in a very loose-tongued mood as he continued, amazingly, to condemn woman for wanting to be modernized: "Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?'" He said.
According to the way Arinc would like to see life in Turkey, woman should refrain from discussing unnecessary things on the phone, like "recipes," and should only conduct such conversations face-to-face, when they meet.
No doubt, Tayyip Erdoğan will be proud of his deputy minister for promoting the agenda of an even more fanatical society in Turkey, which once was the secular Muslim center of the world.