November 14th, 2017

When Roy Moore steps down/gets booted from the United States Senate, he might be considering a move to Baghdad.

The family values of the religious wrong in Iraq appear to be more in line with those of Moore (and Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler) than the majority of Americans.

If Moore finds Iraq to be too, well, Middle Eastern, he might consider a NATO country closer to home: Turkey:

Activists and opposition politicians in Turkey have rounded on a law that allows Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages, describing it as a blow to women’s rights and secularism and part of an ongoing effort to impose religious values on a polarised society.

The law allowing “mufti” marriages was passed by parliament and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, then published in the country’s official gazette on Friday, despite protests by civil society activists and opposition lawmakers. Last month, Erdo?an declared the bill would be passed “whether you like it or not”.

Supporters of the law point out that it does not change the requirements for a legal civil marriage. They say it does not create a loophole that allows child marriages or polygamy, and simply makes it more convenient for citizens who are religiously observant.

And, as his religious-wrong supporters here in the 21st century continue to clearly demonstrate, they’re all about convenience for the religiously observant.

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