POLITICS > People with down syndrome go straight to heaven, says PM's wife


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Taken from Family and Social Policies Ministry's Facebook page

Taken from Family and Social Policies Ministry's Facebook page

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's wife Emine Erdoğan attended a meeting yesterday organized for people with down syndrome by the Transportation, Marine and Communication Ministry in the capital of Ankara, the daily Radikal has reported.

Emine Erdoğan told reporters that she had a relative who had down syndrome.

"I had a close relative who had down syndrome. His name was Hayrettin. He was the mascot of the family. We loved him so much. The Prime Minister loved him very much too. He died a few years ago." she said.

"I wish all disabled people had down syndrome. Because, if I'm right, they are going to go directly to heaven after death according to Islam. I hope we will go to heaven too, for loving these people," she added.

The meeting was aimed at presenting the Ministry's assistance project for people with down syndrome. Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım and Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin also attended the ceremony.


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Fred Doyle

12/6/2012 7:25:38 PM

Mascot? I wish all disabled people had DS so they go to heaven?? Was something lost in translation? Referring to her family member as a "pet" would have been less offensive.

US Observer

12/6/2012 3:02:21 PM

@ilker that makes no sense. Christians do not believe in reincarnation, if he is "devout" why would he talk about "past lives"? Either he is a moron who nothing of the faith he thinks he belongs to or you are simply making stuff up..the latter likely being the case.

ilker avni

12/6/2012 12:02:04 AM

Glen Hoddle retired ex England Footballer and ex England manager lost his job because he said all the people who are born with handicaps were punished by God for being wicked in they last life,and he is a devoit christen.Those remarks he made cost him his job and his creditablity.What ever people say about the Lady she ment no harm,unlike Mr Hoddle.

US Observer

12/5/2012 9:09:11 PM

@ Roger that is the first time I've heard anyone say what she did.

Kerem Kemal

12/5/2012 8:53:23 PM

Please excuse the poor translation. Our first lady literally said "leylim" which is a term of endearment without negative connotation. Emine Hanım has spoken as an individual. She has no formal role in our republic. Why HDN has published this story as a headline will probably remain a mystery.

Johanna Dew

12/5/2012 7:57:44 PM

Well mr @harding, devout Christians dont mix science with religions. Only some very very small sects can say something like this but NOT the wife of a president or PM of a country like in Turkey now.

Can Lamberoglu

12/5/2012 7:52:42 PM

Roger, you are so right, Religion should be totally removed from political discussions. If one believes, it should be between them and their god. And allow others to believe in their own realities.

Roger Harding

12/5/2012 7:09:52 PM

Well, sense of humour aside. To be fair to Mrs. Erdogan, she is hardly the only pious person to utter this kind of nonsense. Most devout Christians in North America, Europe and elsewhere say similar stuff very often. Turks are very edgy about AKP's hidden religious agenda for Turkey. Otherwise in a free Turkey her right to be religious should be protected.

mara mcglothin

12/5/2012 6:51:34 PM

TURK UZAN But it is as Mr Bekdil warned some years ago, the pious do NOT consider the seclar Muslim to be pious, so it will come down to a battle between the pious versus the more pious. Surely the word Mascot is a mistranslation or perhaps Mascot means something different in Turkish. This is a backward statement and shows her extreme naivete to the workings of the real World. I have no doubt that many families find a blessing in their downs syndrome children. It is all in the statement.

Murun Buchstansangur

12/5/2012 6:41:45 PM

Turk Uzan is right that not all religious statements are backwards. Of course, most are very backward. How about "I wish all disabled people had Downs Syndrome" [so they can go to Heaven] for a starter? !!
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