One of the most controversial figures in Turkish politics, Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Ali Erbaş was re-appointed to his post for another five years by a presidential decree, the Official Gazette said on Sep. 17.
Known for his controversial statements about gender roles, Turkish society and other non-religious matters, the top religious official said "Bismillah once again with more love and excitement" in a tweet thanking President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his assignment.
"I thank President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for re-assigning us to the holy post of Diyanet head, which the Constitution deems responsible for 'enlightening society about religion,'" Erbaş said.
Daha bir aşk ve heyecan ile— Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş (@DIBAliErbas) September 16, 2021
Anayasamızın “toplumu din konusunda aydınlatma” görevini verdiği Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı’nın Başkanı olarak bu ulvî göreve bizi yeniden atama takdirinde bulunan Cumhurbaşkanımız Sayın Recep Tayyip Erdoğan'a teşekkür ediyorum. pic.twitter.com/YMdrtxfruv
Some of Erbaş's controversial remarks have included homophobic statements, encouragement to dismiss all ideologies besides Islam and an increased involvement with government affairs.
Most recently, Erbaş was at the forefront of the opening ceremony for a new service building of the Court of Cassation where he led a prayer to bless the structure.