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Calgary Muslim website defends female genital mutilation and blasts “Jewish media”

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“The council, the 80,000-strong community’s elected body, said Thursday it actually has nothing to do with the site, and condemned the Jewish references in the article.”

Do they really expect anyone to believe this? It’s the Muslims In Calgary website. If it hasn’t been hacked, this is their position. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s Islam. Just as their Jew-hatred is based on Islamic principles.

Dissemblers and deceivers claim that FGM is cultural phenomenon, not religious. FGM is an Islamic cultural phenomenon. FGM is found only within and adjacent to Muslim communities. (source: Gerry Mackie, “Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account,” American Sociological Review).

Unlike male circumcision, female genital mutilation has no health benefits for girls and women.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves partial or total removal of the clitoris, causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Female genital mutilation procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. It removes all possibility of sexual pleasure. It is the worst kind of misogyny.

Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where FGM is concentrated.

FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Unlike male circumcision, this procedure has no health benefits. It has one purpose and one purpose only, to remove the female’s most sensitive erogenous zone and the source of human female sexual pleasure. Chalk it up to another of Islam’s constitutions to [in]humanity.

“Calgary Muslim website defends female circumcision and critiques ‘Jewish media,'” by Tom Blackwell, National Post, September 7, 2017 (thanks to Mark):

A website serving Calgary Muslims has raised eyebrows by making a lengthy pitch for female circumcision, arguing the practice has “immense” value and blaming its poor reputation on Jewish-controlled media.

The provocative blog post by a foreign Islamic scholar drew strong rebukes this week from researchers and advocates concerned about female-genital mutilation, and from a major Jewish group.

It also resurrected questions about whether genital cutting of young women is taking place in Canada, despite being a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

The essay advocates only removing the prepuce, or layer of skin, over the clitoris, calling it similar to taking off the foreskin in male circumcision. But all forms of female genital cutting have been outlawed here since 1997.

One expert on FGM said she’s worried the authoritative-sounding article could send the wrong message to Muslim families.

“It’s putting a burden on these parents, because now they are having to choose between maintaining adherence to (the author’s views), versus the Criminal Code,” said Corinne Packer, a senior researcher with the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health. “Any cutting of the genitalia for non-medical reasons is prohibited — it has been prohibited for 20 years.”

The Muslims in Calgary website lists three local mosques, one of which hosts the Muslim Council of Calgary, on its contacts page.

The council, the 80,000-strong community’s elected body, said Thursday it actually has nothing to do with the site, and condemned the Jewish references in the article.

An initial statement supplied by a council official voiced support for the limited type of circumcision the blog promotes, saying it enabled women to experience more sexual pleasure. But the group issued another comment Friday, saying the original one was the opinion of a single individual and not approved by its leaders. The new message states the council was “extremely perturbed” by the article and that Islamic law forbids all types of female genital surgery.

The website is operated by individuals who are in an “adversarial relationship” with the council, the statement said.

The post by Asiff Hussein, affiliated with the Centre for Islamic Studies in Sri Lanka, promises to explain “how misogynists and feminists are feeding upon each other to denigrate an Islamic practice that brings untold benefits to women.”

It says circumcision should only involve removal of the clitoral prepuce, a procedure it says leads to enhanced sexual enjoyment for women, and argues it is endorsed by the Hadith, sacred interpretations of the Prophet Mohammed’s words.

Hussein said Islam forbids the more severe forms of genital mutilation practiced in Africa, but the truth about female circumcision has been obscured by “Islamaphobic sentiments expressed by a largely Jewish-controlled media.” Jews also want to hide the fact that limited female circumcision is another “feather in the cap” of Islam, the article says.

But the variety of health groups that have condemned genital cutting, citing its often-serious physical and emotional impacts, include removing the prepuce in their definition of the act.

The World Health Organization classifies the procedure as a type-one form of mutilation, on a scale of severity that extends up to type four.

And the Canadian Criminal Code section banning non-medical genital cutting says excising “in whole or in part” the clitoris constitutes aggravated assault.

There has been some debate within the medical community lately about whether this form of cutting does constitute mutilation, said Els Leye, a professor in the International Centre for Reproductive Health at Belgium’s Ghent University.

But there’s no guarantee the circumcizer won’t go further, and advocating it as a religious rite could legitimize the whole concept of genital mutilation, said the leading FGM expert.

“It doesn’t have any health benefits, of course,” Leye said. “Circumcising women is clearly something that impacts on their sexuality, on their right to bodily integrity … It’s very difficult to maintain that it is harmless.”

Meanwhile, a Jewish group voiced dismay that the article was “littered with classical anti-semitic tropes.”…

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