Turkey: Erdogan praises female MPs for wearing hijabs in Parliament


Yet another sign of Turkey’s galloping re-Islamization. “Erdogan praises Turkey MPs for headscarves in parliament,” from AFP, November 1:

Ankara (AFP) – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the “will of the people had prevailed” after four female lawmakers wore headscarves in parliament for the first time in years, breaking a taboo in the staunchly secular country.

Staunchly? It’s ironic that AFP would say that Turkey is a “staunchly” secular country in practically the same breath in which it reports that Erdogan praises the hijab-wearing Parliamentarians as expressing the “will of the people.”

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lifted in September a decades-old ban on headscarves in the civil service as part of a package of reforms meant to improve democracy and freedoms.

“The will of the people has prevailed in parliament,” said Erdogan, evoking a “historical atmosphere” when the MPs from the AKP entered wearing the headscarf on Thursday.

He also sought a more reassuring tone in his statements quoted in Turkish newspapers on Friday. “Women who do wear headscarves and women who do not are all full members of this republic,” he said.

At least for now. But will the ones who do not still be full members of Erdogan’s republic a few years from now?

But the government is under fire for what critics say are creeping efforts to force Islamic values on the predominantly Muslim country.

The highly charged headscarf debate lies at the heart of Turkey’s divisions between religious conservatives, who form the bulk of Erdogan’s AKP supporters, and more secular members of society.

In 1999, Turkish American lawmaker Merve Kavakci arrived in parliament wearing a headscarf for her swearing-in ceremony but she was booed out of the house and then had her Turkish citizenship revoked.

A former Islamic firebrand, Erdogan has brought relative economic and political stability to Turkey since he came to power in 2002.


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  1. says

    Slave hoods for all!

    Muslim women LOVE being the SLAVES of men for eternity!

    Their prophet whom they worship as a god, gave women the noble title of ‘domestic animals’ and ‘prisoners of men’.

    How they must enjoy being demeaned and humiliated!…by themselves.

    Put on that PRISON UNIFORM!

  2. says


    The swastika was Nazi-Germany’s Symbol purity.
    It made Nazis feel ‘special’.

    The hijab is Islam’s swastika.
    It makes Muslims feel extra ‘special’
    Hijab purity hides duplicity.

    PURITY enables the most despicable filth.
    Islam is vile filth.

  3. says

    Matthew 7:15 …

    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.”

  4. says

    Like brain-dead sheep they eat-up the Taqqiyah crumbs along the route to the slaughter houses ( Mosques).

    For 1400 years islam has tried to kill God, it’s failed. Today, there are almost 6,000’000’000 non-followers of islam that are not going down without a fight against these rabid savages for Allah that target civilians which seems to be mainly children and women of all ages.

  5. says

    The headscarves are for sand protection in Arabia. Men still wear headgear today in Arabia. Turkey does not have enough sand to merit the need to wear sand protection.

  6. says

    I am from Turkey originally and these news of more Islam in Turkey make me sick (really)Turkey had a chance of becoming a country free of Islam after Ataturk. Now going all the way back to the dark times of the Ottoman Empire.

  7. says

    It must be particularly galling to women who understand fully the second-class status Islam intends for the female gender to witness the stupid willingness of a fellow female to participate in facilitating such a status, as here.

  8. says

    wait a minute.If she was a GOOD muslim, she would not be in politics but kept at home to cook clean and breed. If she ever went out in public it would only be if she was completely covered in a black garbage bag and in the company of her husband or another male family member

  9. says

    So a muslim woman receives praise, not for any sort of accomplishment, but for covering herself?

    Isn’t this sort of like giving a gold star to a kid so he doesn’t feel inferior to his better behaving classmates?

    If only these women knew how demeaning this is to their gender.

  10. says

    Sorry: I can’t think of any practical reason for the hijab, whether it be for “sand protection in the barren, God-forsaken, deserts of Saudi Arabia or no. Put simply: hijabi couture and other Islamic head and body sacks are used for human slavery and sexual bondage.