Turkey Islamists may release child rapists, but keep journalists in prison

Turkey Islamists may release child rapists, but keep journalists in prison

The ruling Islamist party in Turkey must have drank the Kool-Aid, as they’re considering releasing their imprisoned child molesters and child rapists, but the journalists they locked up STAY behind bars.

Let’s just think about that for a moment.

Turkey has a massive number of journalists imprisoned, which to me says one thing – don’t be a journalist in Turkey! While that’s obvious, this possible notion that the sexual predators might be released and journalists won’t, tells people in Turkey that it’s okay to commit a terrible crime because 1) it’s in the Muslim religion and 2) you won’t stay in jail very long anyway.

That’s the exact WRONG message to send to your public, people.


Here’s the information I gathered:

  • The ruling Islamist party drafted a bill — and then suspended it — that would release about 3,000 men who married children, including men who raped them.
  • In 2011, Salih bin Fawzan, a prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, issued a fatwa asserting that there is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.”
  • A senior Turkish judge mentioned a particular case in which three men kidnapped and raped a girl, then one of them married her and the sentences for all three were lifted.
  • In 2015 alone, 18,033 female children gave birth, including 244 girls under 15. The number of recorded child abuse cases rose from 5,730 in 2005 to 16,957 in 2015.
  • If the government had gone ahead with its plans, a 60 year-old man who married a 12 year-old girl through religious procedures, would benefit from the amnesty.

Even though the bill was suspended, the fact that they considered it is bad enough. And, if we get technical, the definition of the word “suspended” suggests a finite amount of time which is not permanent. If the news source stated that the Muslims BANNED the bill, then perhaps we’d feel a little different about them.

Suspension means it could come back at any time and that’s not okay.

Frank Lea

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