Having been stripped of the chance to turn Egypt into an Islamic state, the Muslim Brotherhood is stepping up its slow march to sharia in Turkey, by lifting the ban on headbags for women in civil service. As part of a package of ‘reforms’ by the government, this allegedly is meant to improve ‘democracy.’
And how long before this ‘democratic’ reform morphs into a requirement for all women?
al-Jazeera (h/t Maurice) Tuesday’s measure was hailed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose wife wears a headscarf, as a “step toward normalisation” and came into effect after it was published in the official gazette. “We have now abolished an archaic provision which was against the spirit of the republic. It’s a step toward normalization,” Erdogan said in a parliamentary speech to his ruling party lawmakers.
“A dark time eventually comes to an end,” he said. “Headscarf-wearing women are full members of the republic, as well as those who do not wear it.”
The ban, whose roots date back almost 90 years to the early days of the Turkish Republic, has kept many women from joining the public work force. Critics accuse Erdogan of lifting the ban to force his Islamic values on the majority Muslim but staunchly secular nation.
When plans to remove the ban were first announced last week, the main opposition party labelled it “a serious blow to the secular republic” created by modern Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.