Think Islam isn’t a problem? What say you about this whole female genital mutilation thing?

Look, every time I make a post about a group of Muslims who read about their violent, sexist, or otherwise wicked acts being justified in the Koran, then had that reinforced by culture their entire lives, people always rush in to say that these are extremists (and presumably so are the cultures that reinforced them) and that Islam isn’t as big of a problem as the daily articles about horrors perpetrated in the name of Islam would lead one to believe.

Take female genital mutilation, a practice more frequent in Islam than any other faith.  There hasn’t even been a clinic designated to treat women who had their clitoris, and much of the pleasure associated with it, amputated at birth to please Allah.  Did I say at birth?  Sorry, I meant between the ages of 4 and 8.  This is usually performed without anaesthetic and under hygienic circumstances that lend themselves to all manner of additional problems afterward.  Knives, scissors, razor blades or pieces of broken glass are used as instruments among others.

The first, and only clinic to address this issue, just opened up in Europe (Zehlendorf, south Berlin, where 50,000 women have had this done, to be specific):

Europe’s first clinic dedicated to treating women who have suffered female genital mutilation opened on Wednesday in Berlin. The Desert Flower Centre will offer both surgical and psychological care for those who have had the procedure.

Lead by a team of experts in gynaecological and pelvic surgery as well as psychiatrists, the Desert Flower Centre opened its doors to an anticipated 50 to 100 patients per year.

But this is the only clinic of its kind, and Islam doesn’t create enough tangible problems in the world to raise concern over the faith.  So the problem can’t be that widespread, right?

Also referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM), the World Health Organisation (WHO), states that the ritual procedure is carried out every 11 seconds, to varying degrees. These include cutting off a woman’s clitoris, sewing together her vagina, or even sewing together the entire genital region.

Oh.  Well…it certainly seems like FGM is a pretty horrifying and terrible problem which, as Hitchens once said, would not even occur to a parent to cut off their daughter’s clitoris if not for the influence of religion and the cultures based upon it, particularly Islam.  And this is just one prevalent issue of many that seem to grow stronger and more frequent in Islamic societies, like cultures in a petri dish.

Nope, I’m going to have to stick with “Islam is a major problem for the world”.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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