President Recip Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is the guy Obama turns to when he needs parenting advice. No, we aren’t making this up. Obama once said about the Erdogan, “And I also appreciate the advice he gives me, because he has two daughters that are a little older than mine — they’ve turned out very well, so I’m always interested in his perspective on raising girls.”
If that’s not scary enough, Obama also said Erdogan was his “favorite” and “most trusted” ally.
Do you want to know some of Erdogan’s beliefs? He has spoken out against contraception. Okay, not too bad.
He has described it as “treason” when speaking at a wedding ceremony. Okay, kind of extreme but not terrible.
Last one, Erdogan is for legalized statutory rape. This is someone Obama considers a friend? Trump appoints Steve Bannon to a senior position and the media FREAKS. Obama says this guy is one of his favorite and most trusted allies and the media is cool with it. Can you say hypocrisy?
By Nick Gutteridge
In a move which has shocked world politicians, the Muslim majority country proposed exonerating paedophiles en masse.
Hardline president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government insists that the new law is designed to pardon men who did not realise they were having sex with underage girls.
But critics have reacted with open fury to the legislation, saying it officially legitimises both deliberate child rape and forced child marriages.
It comes after a shocking rise in violence against women in Turkey, which has risen by 40 per cent in the past decade.
Opposition MP Ozgur Ozel raged: “Sexual abuse is a crime and there is no consent in it. This is what the AKP fails to understand.
“Seeking the consent of a child is something that universal law does not provide for.”
MPs will have a second vote on the new legislation on Tuesday at which point, if the ballot goes the same way, it will be officially passed into Turkish law.
It is estimated that the change in the law would quash the convictions of some 3,000 men accused of assaulting an under-18.
The government says this will happen if their act was committed without “force or threat” and if the aggressor marries the victim with the consent of their family.