Ankara has defended a pioneer of a Turkish humanitarian NGO following a contentious tweet where he seemed to equate homosexuals with pedophiles.
About Sunday – Gay Pride Day – Kerem Kinik, president of this nation’s Red Crescent Society tweeted that”people won’t allow you to measure on individual dignity”.
“We can fight anybody who attempts to interrupt nutritious creation and people who present the strange as normal (…) and people who enforce their pedophile fantasies on young minds under the guise of modernity,” the conversation.
Kinik didn’t explicitly cite homosexuals and stated his remarks were aimed toward pedophiles just, but his conversation attracted a tide of criticism.
The International Federation of Red Cross Societies (IFRC), of which Kerem Kinik is a vice-president, tweeted that”the viewpoints expressed by Kerem Kinik don’t reflect those of the IFRC”.
“These phrases are equally offensive and untrue to all people,” composed the IFRC on Twitter on Monday.
“We all know homophobia and hate speech of all types and we all stand in solidarity with LGBTQI+ communities across the globe.”
Kinik reacted to criticism in a different tweet, stating his strategy had been”completely coherent” together with all the IFRC’s principles since he compared pedophilia.
However, the communications manager of the Turkish presidency, Fahrettin Altun, defended Kinik, saying in a statement that”LGBT propaganda introduces a critical danger to freedom of expression”.
“The IFRC is now complicit in attacks on Kerem Kinik, a physician who has committed his entire life to the security of kids around the globe.”
Turkey is among the very few Muslim countries where homosexuality isn’t repressed by legislation, however, hostility to it’s prevalent.
In July 2019, Turkish authorities dispersed activists in a forbidden Gay Pride march at Istanbul.
Also, in April, the mind of the Turkish Religious Affairs Authority, Ali Erbas, caused controversy by linking homosexuality and disorder in a sermon.
A recent report by the advocacy group ILGA Europe rated Turkey 48th from 49 states on policy and legal practices for LGBT men and women.