Saturday, July 17, 2010
ON THE ONE hand, I was amazed they were able to write the story and show a video and nowhere does it mention Islam or Muslims. My first response was, that's bad. A particular ideology is driving this custom, allowing it, perpetuating it, and it seems to remove the practice, it would help if you weakened the cause rather than the effect.
On the other hand, every step we can take to end this particular practice is another step toward weakening orthodox Muslims' influence, and that's good. Probably if Dianne Sawyer mentioned Islam in the story, it wouldn't have run. So at least the story ran.
Read the story and watch the video and tell us what you think. Female Genital Cutting: Affecting Young Girls in America.