Three Muslims have been arrested in Michigan for performing female genital mutilation on young girls. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:
In the first case brought to the Department of Justice under a federal law that criminalizes female genital mutilation, three people have been arrested and charged with performing the procedure on girls between 6 and 8 years old in Michigan, according to reports.
Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, have been accused of allowing Dr. Jumana Nagarwala to perform FGM procedures, which involves cutting off a piece of a young girl’s flesh, at the couple’s medical clinic in Livonia, according to ClickOnDetroit.com, which said Farida Attar was also accused of helping Nagarwala with the procedures.
"According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims," acting assistant Attorney General Blanco said in a statement. "The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse."
Response: It is really hard to imagine this happening in America and a few years ago it would have been unthinkable. But FGM has increasingly become a real issue as more African Muslims have been allowed to immigrate into the country.
The three Muslims arrested contended that they were merely performing a ‘religious right.’ FGM is allowed and encouraged in some African and Asian Muslim dominated cultures. However some Muslim authorities condemn the procedure so the practice is more cultural than it is religious. Though those who regularly practice FGM consider it to be a religious act and requirement.
We have freedom of religion which is protected by the Constitution but not all ‘religious’ or related cultural practices are covered by that right. Not all religions and religious rights are really equal in spite of the current liberal dogma. Satanists are not allowed to sacrifice people in this country and the Mormons were forced to give up polygamy in the 19th century though small separatist communities still illegally continue the practice.
The influx of Muslim immigrants have brought attention to all sorts of religious and cultural practices that are illegal in the USA and should continue to be. Besides FGM; polygamy, slavery, wife beating, honor killing, and the persecution of those leaving Islam(all acceptable under Islamic sharia law) have now become issues in this country as never before. Then you have some Muslim leaders and imams actually calling for sharia law to be allowed under the freedom of religion.
Incredibly some liberal progressives seem to be in favor of supporting Muslim rights and practices while at the same time calling for the limitation of Christian rights especially when it comes to LGBT issues. Hypocritically some support the right of Muslims to pray in schools and on the job while trying to restrict any kind of Christian display of faith in the public square. Ironically Muslims even get a pass when it comes to the treatment of LGBT folks.
In the process, many progressives will ignore the presence of Muslim cultural problems like FGM, polygamy, slavery, wife beating, honor killing, and the unequal treatment of woman, all in the name of combating Islamophobia. *Top