Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has equated birth control to treason and harshly opposed gender equality, warned today that ‘nobody can interfere in God’s work’ in speech urging Muslims to ‘multipy’.
He is quoted here as saying:
We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can have such an approach.
On International Women’s Day, March 8, the President said he believed that:
A woman is above all else a mother.
In a speech peppered with quotes from from the Koran on the virtues of motherhood, he stressed that women cannot be freed:
By destroying the notion of family.
A couple of days later, Turkey’s first lady, Emine Erdogan, praised the often-criticised harems of the Ottoman Empire, saying that they were educational establishments:
For preparing women for life.
While urging his compatriots to protect the family, the President also insisted that:
Women are not equal to men. Our religion [Islam] has defined a position for women: motherhood. You cannot explain this to feminists because they don’t accept the concept of motherhood.
He said he believes women and men are not equal “because it goes against the laws of nature” and because of differences in their “characters, habits and physiques.”
“You cannot place a mother breastfeeding her baby on an equal footing with men,” Erdogan said, because women cannot do the same work as men “as in communist regimes,” where women are given a shovel and told what to do.
This is against their delicate nature.
In December last year, Erdogan condemned birth control a form of treason threatening the nation’s bloodline. Moreover, he believes any married couple should have at least three children in order to boost the Turkish population.
For years they committed the treason of birth control in this country, seeking to dry up our bloodline. Lineage is very important both economically and spiritually.