President Obama once said that he solicited parenting advice from his pal, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s Islamist prime minister. Let’s hope, then, that President Obama’s daughters don’t want to go to a co-ed summer camp. According to the Turkish press, Erdoğan’s government has just segregated summer camps by fiat:
The General Directorate of Youth and Sports has just written a new regulation which will oversee gender organized camps, where boys and girls are hosted at different periods of time in an effort to keep them segregated. The camps host participants between the ages of 13 and 22 and for the last 6 years have operated in a coed manner, hosting girls and boys at the same time. The new regulation will be applied to camps on June 11.
Turkish diplomats still suggest that Turkey strives to be like Europe. Almost a decade into the Justice and Development Party’s rule, that rhetoric is sounding increasingly empty. Rather, it seems, Turkey’s leaders seek to tie Turkey more firmly to Islamist orthodoxy.