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John Kerry Should Ask President Morsi About Genital Mutilation

March 8th, 2013 - 5:12 am

If the State Department wants to advance the rights of Egyptian women, why not ask President Mohammed Morsi to support a ban on female genital mutilation, a horrific form of violence perpetrated on more than 90% of Egyptian women, according to the World Health Organization? The point of the mutilation is to destroy a woman’s capacity for sexual pleasure the better to ensure her marital fidelity. Deposed President Mubarak and his wife campaigned against it: not so President Morsi. As the blog “An Arab Citizen” reported last year:

Speaking now on Egypt’s CBC Channel in a “meet your presidential candidate” type of event, the FJP/MB’s Mohammed Morsy was asked by a female doctor and panelist what he thought about recent calls to apparently “revise” the law banning FGM/Female Circumcision in Egypt. The candidate embarked on a long and vague answer which left a few, including the doctor herself, uncertain to a considerable extent as to his concise statement of position. But most of the people I have spoken to agree that the candidate seems to be suggesting that it should be the prerogative of the family to decide if they want their daughter to undergo it or not. When pressed further, he said it was not the role of the president to be involved in such details.

The Mubarak government banned the practice in June 2007, to little effect. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi refused to support the ban. The most prominent Muslim Brotherhood cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, defended a surreal “moderate” position of removing part but not all of the clitoris in a fatwa published on the website Islam Online:

The most moderate opinion and the most likely one to be correct is in favor of practicing circumcision in the moderate Islamic way indicated in some of the Prophet’s hadiths—even though such hadiths are not confirmed to be authentic. It is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to a midwife: “Reduce the size of the clitoris but do not exceed the limit, for that is better for her health and is preferred by husbands.” The hadith indicates that circumcision is better for a woman’s health and it enhances her conjugal relation with her husband. It’s noteworthy that the Prophet’s saying “do not exceed the limit” means do not totally remove the clitoris.

There is no greater right than the right not to be killed or mutilated, as 90% of Egyptian women have been. Is there a more heinous or systematic violation of human rights anywhere in the world than the genital mutilation of tens of millions of women? And is there a more revolting example of human rights violation in the name of religion than the declaration of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading authority, Sheikh Qaradawi? Why doesn’t Secretary Kerry say something about this? And why don’t American feminists demand that he raise the issue? Does cultural sensitivity trump the most fundamental right of women?

We already know the answer. Genital mutilation is the elephant in the parlor of Egyptian Islamism.  Although genital mutilation is not a universal tenet of Islam, it is so embedded in Egyptian Islam that to call it into question would be tantamount to challenging the legitimacy of Islamism in Egypt. The Obama administration has bet on Islamism as the wave of the future in the Arab world. Egypt’s opposition remonstrated to Secretary Kerry this week that America is perceived as the Muslim Brotherhood’s ally, against the fledgling democracy movement. Kerry’s response was to urge the major opposition party, the National Salvation Front, to drop its boycott of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rigged parliamentary elections on April 22, in order to speed the approval of an IMF loan.

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I'm wondering why the useless bastion of international sensibilities on the East River, aka the UN, hasn't banned it. Oh, that's right - they're too busy with furthering the Islamaphile agenda, like inhibiting Israel's existential efforts at self-defense; attempting to prohibit any criticism of Islam anywhere in the world, etc. Why in the world would they bother taking any steps that would show Muslim men for the sexist creeps, perverts, and sadists that they are?
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Walid Shoebat says al-Azhar is promoting the idea of cannibalism. http://shoebat.com/2013/03/07/the-promotion-of-human-sacrifice-and-cannibalism-in-egypt/

Maybe they won't starve...
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Geez David get with the times. The New York Times, that is. They stopped covering the issue in 2008, when it apparently stopped being a problem (for good measure they changed their coverage to calling it "female genital cutting" first -- less upsetting of course. And ran a sympathetic feature story exploring the nuances -- did they give the girl a glass of juice afterwards? Was the slice the size of a leaf-tip or a grain of rice? How colorful, those WHO investigation embued with local color.

The N.O.W. likewise dropped their FGM campaign after Obama was elected. You see, it solved all sorts of problems.

However to be fair this is not true of all feminist organizations. And perhaps others could behave as if FGM isn't just something for the feminist ghetto, no?
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I will never understand why a woman would be a follower/admirer of the muslim religion when they enact such savage and backward behavior towards women. Just boggles the mind.
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The new format for comments is lousy. Hardly anyone is commenting anymore. In the past, a Victor Davis Hanson article would usually result in over a hundred comments. His latest article had seven comments after having been posted for hours and hours. Those who regularly commented are no-shows now. I used to look forward every morning to the give and take in the comments section for every article. I don't even care anymore if I visit PJ Media. The changes you made were bone-headed and I bet the hits on this site have decreased dramatically since you introduced this new format. Too bad. PJ Media used to be a good site.
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It is kinda dumb. There is a virtue to simplicity and web design is not a crap shoot. There is a way to encourage academic discourse and a way to put people off.
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"And why don’t American feminists demand that he raise the issue?"

Don't you know how busy they are fighting the war on women? They work hard to insure that no one hears about the genital mutilation, forced sterilizations, honor killings and sexual slavery that are rampant around the world so they can continue to whine about free birth control and abortion rights here at home.
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Why bother? Morsi didn't create this custom, which is probably at least centuries old. Better to ask Morsi why he doesn't resign for the good of the country. That Morsi can control.
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Thank you for finally bringing this up Spengler. I wondered why everyone was ignoring this feature of enlightenment in Egypt. I guess it's a subject that Obama and his buds just don't want to deal with.
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John Kerry supports everything that Herr Morsi of the Muslim Nazihood does as Herr Hussein Obama loves Herr Morsi of the Muslim Nazihood
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All I know is, Allah & HIs Prophet notwithstanding, bits is bits. Leave 'em alone.
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