Men Without Beards Can Cause Sexual Confusion

"One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard," warns preacher Murat Bayaral.

An Islamic preacher in Turkey has a dire message for the men of his country: Don’t shave off your beard or else other men may become attracted to you.

Preacher Murat Bayaral was a guest on the religious station Fatih Medreseleri (Madrasahs) TV earlier this month, and warned viewers that clean-shaven men “cannot be distinguished from women.”

“Men should grow beards,” Bayaral said. “One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard.”

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“For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar, you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard,” he added. “Because nowadays, women and men dress similarly. God forbid, you could be possessed by indecent thoughts.”

God forbid, indeed!

Although it goes against his ban on shaving, Hurriyet Daily News reports that Bayaral also made it clear that men do not need permission from their wives to shave their beards.

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