This horrible story offers an opportunity yet again to show that the information Islamic spokesmen provide to non-Muslims in the West is often incomplete, misleading, or outright deceptive. A few months ago the British convert to Islam Yusuf Smith asserted at Jihad Watch: "I have never heard anyone suggest that FGM is spreading in the west..."
Now you have, Yusuf. And this isn't the first time, either.
"Couple charged in Norway for circumcising 5 girls," from Reuters, June 6 (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
OSLO (Reuters) - Police in Norway have arrested a Gambian-born man and charged him and his wife with subjecting five of their six daughters to genital mutilation, officials said on Friday.
The practice, also known as female circumcision, is outlawed in Norway and arouses horror among many people in the West but is a rite of passage for young women in many countries, predominantly in Africa.
Oh. That makes it all right in Africa, eh, Reuters?
The youngest of the five mutilated girls, all born in Norway, is five years old, police officials said. The others are aged seven, 10, 13 and 14 and live in Gambia, national broadcaster NRK reported.
Police officer Hanne Kristin Rohde, head of the violent crime and vice section of the Oslo police, said on Norwegian commercial television TV 2 that the father -- a naturalized Norwegian citizen along with his wife -- was taken into custody on Friday.
"Norwegian police have charged this couple of Gambian background for breaking the Norwegian law on genital mutilation -- five of their six daughters are circumcised," Rohde said.
The mother is pregnant with a seventh child and was deemed unfit to be held in jail.
Norwegian authorities have been cracking down on the practice since mid-2007, barring families from traveling abroad if they suspect they plan to have the procedure done outside the country....
U.N. agencies say an estimated 100 to 140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone genital mutilation, whose proponents say it promotes chastity before marriage and fidelity afterwards by reducing female sexual desire. Around 3 million a year are believed to be subjected to it.