Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman
This is part of religious freedom so the big question is now if the government decides to outlaw this practice can they outlaw other religious practices.
I am glad that the government is not allowing genital cutting but at the same time I worry about the chains being put on religious freedoms
Female Genital Mutilation is NOT a religious practice - it's cultural. Did you know that while it's practiced mostly by Muslims in Africa, it's also practiced by Christian families as well? did you realize that very few Muslims outside Africa practice it? It goes back thousands of years - female Egyptian mummies have been found with cut genitals.Ancient Greeks thought it was a great way to keep women in their place as did Europeans in the Middle Ages. they were doing it regularly in England up until the 1860s - so don't call it a 'religious' practice. There is nothing in the Quran or the Bible (Old or New Testament) that condones it.
AND EVEN IF THERE WAS - we live in a country where the rights of the human are as - if not more - important than the right to religious freedom. In other words, if women and children are harmed by a so called 'religious' practice then the rights of the human take precedence over religion.
While slavery has been outlawed in many Islamic countries,it is documented in the African republics of Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Mali and Sudan - and those countries sanction it through religion. Having said that, does that mean that an immigrant from Sudan or Mali should be able to keep slaves, simply because he claims it is his religious right to own slaves?