Would Mr. ArIn make a good evangelical Christian?

Although womenand’s issues have been always a secondary issue in Turkish politics and social life because its democracy is still maturing and the country is in serious danger with the recent terrorist attacks, Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials are determined to bring gender discrimination issues into the public eye with their disturbing comments. An AKP official has again succeeded in incurring public anger and has received international attention with his irresponsible words against women. After initially saying and”Lady, shut up,and” Deputy Prime Minister Bandulent Arinandc told the Peoplesand’ Democratic Partyand’s (HDP) Nursel AyDogan to and”Shut up as a womanand” when she responded to him as he was delivering a speech last Wednesday. We saw another explosion on social media for his sexist remarks. This is not his first discriminatory gesture against women. A year ago he also said that andquotwomen should not laugh out loud in publicand” while lamenting the moral decline of modern society. First of all, he should have remembered that he was not there to give moral lessons to anyone but to serve the Turkish Republic as an official. Also, he should have kept in mind that everyone there has just as much right as he does to speak. Their gender doesnand’t matter. In addition, as a responsible adult Mr. Arinandc should have acknowledged that it is not only what we say that matters but how we say it. His insulting manner and the tone of his voice made his statement even worse. Regardless, since he hasnand’t shown any progress in a year by interfering with womenand’s lives, from laughing to speaking, maybe itand’s a good time to talk about his definition of moral values and”as a woman.and” Really whatand’s his basis? Where are they coming from? My take is that with his attitude and worliew he could make a very good evangelical Christian. This way he could find some supporting points from the Bible to justify his manners. According to the evangelical understanding of Christianity, women are inferior to men as a and”weaker vessel,and” and if some verses of the Bible are to be understood as they are written, women canand’t take part in the governance of any society. I thought 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 would be his favorite since it teaches women to keep silent in church: and”Let the women keep silent in the churches andhellip And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home. For it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church.and” Also, 1 Timothy 2:11-12 would be his favorite quote: and”Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.and” Of course as a basis for those, 1 Corinthians 11 would be his muse to clearly explain how the hierarchy works: and”But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.and” I can easily see Mr. Arinandc in the political arena here in the US as a devoted Republican politician. Actually, currently he would pair up pretty well with Donald Trump. Some people would support him but many people, including liberal and progressive Christians, wouldnand’t. Today many Christian feminist scholars agree that some parts of the Bible including the verses I mentioned were constructed by men to establish the hierarchy in society and to control women as a part of a patriarchal movement. Itand’s not difficult to believe, is it? Of course, this is just a fantasy, but in reality with all due respect I would like to remind Mr. Arinandc that in March after calling Ankara Mayor Melih GandOkandcek a and”dishonorable manand” and accusing him of corruption during his service as mayor, Mr. Arinandc said he would disclose some files after the June 7 election, and we are still waiting for what he was going to declare. So, I humbly suggest that Mr. Arinandc be more concerned about what he says. Itand’s about time for him to andquotspeak up as a man.and”