Blogs 4 Brownback

July 11, 2007

A Cultural Tradition That Should NOT be Respected

Filed under: Family,Immigration — Lyssie @ 5:35 pm

From CNN:

LONDON, England (AP) — Female genital mutilation, commonly associated with parts of Africa and the Middle East, is becoming a growing problem in Britain despite authorities’ efforts to stamp it out.

I enjoy learning about other cultures, and enjoy many of the gifts that those cultures bring — music, art, food, architecture, literature. However, to criticize any aspect of another culture often provokes accusations of ethnocentrism, if not downright racism, from many on the left, who seem to behave as though the only culture with flaws is our own.

We can appreciate that which is good about African and Middle Eastern cultures, and still decry female genital mutilation (FGM) as a barbaric, backwards practice. This practice is an affront to women, and is an affront to our Creator. To take a helpless child and to disfigure her body is horrible, and though I would not presume to know the mind of God, I cannot help but think that it must be a grave sin.

Female genital mutilation usually involves the removal of the clitoris and other parts of female genitalia. Those who practice it say it tames a girl’s sexual desire and maintains her honor.

Horsefeathers. Teaching girls respect for themselves, their families, and their God is what maintains her honor. Honor is in the brain and the heart, not in the genitals. If a girl has sin in her heart, then it matters not what is between her legs. This practice is not only barbaric, backward, and horrible, but it is based on false assumptions and does nothing to actually teach girls and women to behave honorably and with virtue.

It is practiced by Muslims and Christians alike, deeply rooted in the Nile Valley region and parts of sub-Saharan African, and is also done in Yemen and Oman. Through migration, the practice has spread to Western countries like Britain.

Between 100 million and 140 million women are believed to have been subjected to the practice in Africa and an additional 3 million girls face the threat of female genital mutilation every year, according to UNICEF

The thought that any of my fellow Christians would do this to a young girl saddens me deeply. I would urge everybody here to contact their religious and political leaders, to ask them to bring this problem to the forefront. If the world’s religious leaders and political leaders can unite in speaking out against this atrocity, we might be able to relegate FGM to the history books, and show those subsets of African and Middle Eastern culture that a woman’s honor and virtue can be controlled by her own mind and heart, and that they do not need to be instilled by force.

16 Comments »

  1. I agree in full that this is a barbaric and disgusting practise, and above all else because it is entirely subverting the personal choice of the victim. I would be a little more understanding if these were fully-grown women who have made their own decision, but these are helpless girls who have their bodies mutilated for no good reason, against their will. They are far too young to be able to make that kind of decision on their own. This is totally unacceptable, and I personally think it should be rigorously outlawed.

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 11, 2007 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  2. I agree with you,Lyssie! I find it absolutely appalling that this sort of thing continues today. Forcing these girls to be mutilated and stripping them of their free will makes a mockery of Christian teaching and values. Purity, like the other Christian Virtues, are meant to be a voluntary expression of our love for Christ. How can we expect young women to respect their bodies if their bodies are so disrespected by the so-called responsible adults in their life?

    Comment by Patricia — July 11, 2007 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  3. It appears to be more a method of control than one of honour. Whatever virtue they say it is, above all it is a way of dominating women. Another reason why the practise should be outlawed.

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 11, 2007 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  4. Any Christians that participate in this barbaric practice are not true Christians. This really gets my goat.

    Thanks for bringing this issue to the fore. It seems like the kind of issue Sam Brownback would be willing to tackle. After all he does care about all life. One of his prime interests is Africa and esp Darfur.

    I think you should email the Senator about this important issue if you haven’t already.

    We are truly blessed to have such a thoughtful member on the B4B Team.

    Comment by Psycheout — July 11, 2007 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  5. Maybe these females did something to deserve this as punishment? Did they talk back to the male figure in charge of them? or fail to properly cook and clean for the household?

    There are many facts to be determined before you go off half cocked.

    Comment by Happy Clam — July 11, 2007 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  6. Happy Clam, no woman or girl ever deserves to have her genitalia cut off. Ever. Your statements are incredibly offensive.

    Comment by Lyssie — July 11, 2007 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  7. Isn’t there a similar Jewish procedure where the male member is also mutalated? I understand your a girl, lys, but what about the poor fellas who’s little fella is snipped?

    Comment by JOE — July 11, 2007 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  8. Hey, JOE, get a bible. Male genital mutilation is commanded by God. Female genital mutilation is not. End of story.

    I agree that this is a tragedy. A woman should submit to her husband out of fear of the LORD, not fear of torture. The only time this sort of thing should be acceptable is against the terrorists.

    I find it very interesting that it happens in Oman, where they treat homosexual men as a “third sex” (called “Khanith”) that dress like women (Just like Giuliani, LOL), and straight men having sex with them is socially acceptable. The same anti-woman, anti-freedom mindset gives birth to both homosinuality and female genital mutilation.

    I’m not sure how Mr. Brownback can get involved on this one without getting labeled pro-sexual pleasure or anti-torture — not everyone is as open-minded as we are — but if he can, he should.

    Comment by Eduardo — July 12, 2007 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  9. The thought that any of my fellow Christians would do this to a young girl saddens me deeply. I would urge everybody here to contact their religious and political leaders, to ask them to bring this problem to the forefront. If the world’s religious leaders and political leaders can unite in speaking out against this atrocity, we might be able to relegate FGM to the history books, and show those subsets of African and Middle Eastern culture that a woman’s honor and virtue can be controlled by her own mind and heart, and that they do not need to be instilled by force.

    The problem is that said governments are not “for” this practice. It´s the people themselves. International organisations are fighting against this practice for years now, but the people relying on tradition are still the majority. That´s not done with the governments, it must be the people to make that decision.

    Otherwise an article I can agree with.

    @Happy Clam: You´re confusing this. It´s not meant as a torture, it´s a tradition! A women could be subjected to it without having done anything wrong.

    Comment by PG — July 12, 2007 @ 5:08 am | Reply

  10. We should also work to ban male genital mutilation in this country as well. Damn Jewish doctors trying to force their religion on everyone.

    Comment by Harry — July 12, 2007 @ 9:15 am | Reply

  11. Lyssie,

    Well said. What I don’t see here is the percentages of women affected by this horrible practice. Listening to an NPR report on this earlier this week, I hear they’re making progress on reducing the number of women forced to undergo this procedure, and they’re finally under 70%.

    That just shocked me. This is a truly sad crime that harms people for the rest of their lives. I wonder what percentage of (mostly Muslim) women in America have had one.

    NPR Story

    Comment by MikeM — July 12, 2007 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  12. “Maybe these females did something to deserve this as punishment? Did they talk back to the male figure in charge of them? or fail to properly cook and clean for the household?”

    Good point Happy Clam but remember God has already set up a way for dealing with this kind of girlish disobedience; she should be beaten with a stick or stoned to death. There is nothing in the Bible about chopping up her mommy cave. This is something these Muslims have made up on their own.

    Frankly Lissa is right; how can this girl show her love for Jesus by resisting the temptation to fornicate if she is not capable of feeling lust? Jesus loves us so much He suffered and died (temporarily) on the cross, at the very lest we can be torture by desire for His sake!

    Comment by BJ Tabor — July 12, 2007 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  13. “We should also work to ban male genital mutilation in this country as well. Damn Jewish doctors trying to force their religion on everyone.”

    Ummm, it’s not mutilation and it’s actually healthier from what I’ve heard for guys to have that done as a baby when a few days old. Also, it does nothing to cripple a male sexually.

    But in response to the issue itself. That is a brutal “tradition.” It’s sickening, and just should not be…taking someone’s sexuality away from them is anything but Godly as God created us, and ALL of us. (Satan didn’t take over DNA in other words.) And thus, God created sex. IT’s sad, and I think I heard once that it was actually started to control the population. Ick.

    Comment by La Mona — July 12, 2007 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  14. La Mona’s right, maile circumcision has definite health benefits, like eliminating a specific and prolific kind of cancer. And many women say it looks better!

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 12, 2007 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  15. “There is nothing in the Bible about chopping up her mommy cave.” BJ Tabor

    BJ you are right. I wasn’t thinking clearly and didn’t check my bible. It does have all the answers.

    Comment by Happy Clam — July 12, 2007 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  16. First off, I would just like to tell everyone that I am 100 % against this atrocious practice.

    I’m also against male circumcision.

    “Ummm, it’s not mutilation and it’s actually healthier from what I’ve heard for guys to have that done as a baby when a few days old. Also, it does nothing to cripple a male sexually.” La Mona

    Mutilate:
    –verb (used with object), -lat·ed, -lat·ing. 1. to injure, disfigure, or make imperfect by removing or irreparably damaging parts: Vandals mutilated the painting.
    2. to deprive (a person or animal) of a limb or other essential part.

    Translation: Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin, which is disfiguring the penis.
    Obviously, if God wanted men not to have foreskins, they would be born w/ out them.

    Well, what you’ve heard is wrong. It’s not unhealthy, but it’s not healthier. And actually it does “cripple a male sexually” (obviously not completly), because they’re more nerve endings in the foreskin (the part that’s cut off)
    Also, the procedure is often done incorrectly, resulting in a penis that doesn’t look “right”, and doesn’t funtion “right”.

    “La Mona’s right, maile circumcision has definite health benefits, like eliminating a specific and prolific kind of cancer. And many women say it looks better!” Adam Nelson

    There are NO health benefits. What kind of cancer? I think you are very sadly mistaken. Also, au contraire, mon frere, I think uncircumsized penises look better. Who wants something mutilated?

    Comment by Liberal_Lolita — August 11, 2007 @ 2:19 am | Reply


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