At FrontPage this morning Jamie Glazov tells truths about FGM that the Western Leftist intelligentsia seems determined to ignore or deny:
recently reported how the misogynist crime of female genital mutilation
(FGM) continues to be a “widespread traditional practice” in “rural
areas and more remote areas of Indonesia, particularly the island of
Java.” The story makes sure to remind us, naturally, that while this
crime is being perpetrated in a Muslim country, the crime “is not a rule
set in a rigid manner by the precepts of Islam.” It is
only widespread, we are consoled, because of the actions of “the more
extreme and integral fringe.”
In her coverage of this news report, freedom fighter Pamela Geller shrewdly asks
the key question that somehow mysteriously eludes the minds of every
breathing human being in our mainstream media: “The fringe made it
Indeed, if only the “extreme and integral fringe” supports this
sadistic and vicious crime against women, and if it is “not a rule set
in a rigid manner by the precepts of Islam,” then where are all the
Muslim imams, muftis and clerics in the world, and in Indonesia in
particular, vociferously denouncing and repudiating this crime as
un-Islamic and coming to the defense of Muslim women?
Why haven’t they shut down this crime against women, since it is, after all, so un-Islamic?
Where are all the tens of thousands of Muslims gathering in mass
demonstrations around the world shouting in moral indignation and fury
about their young little Muslim girls having their clitorises cut out
with broken glass and being maimed for life, as they do about Danish
cartoons and American movies? Why do cartoons and films mean more to
them than the brutal maiming of their women?
Hmmm. What a great mystery this continues to be.
One can’t help from wondering: could it all have something possibly
to do with the fact that female genital mutilation is rooted in Islam
and integral to its misogynist structures?
Pamela Geller gives us the easy answer — an answer you shouldn’t hold
your breath waiting to hear on Anderson Cooper, Geraldo or Pierce
Morgan, since uncomfortable answers can’t be given when pertinent
questions are never asked in our mainstream media. Geller affirms
that this Islam-denial coverage of FGM in Asia News “is just more
whitewashing of Islam’s human rights abuses.” She points out that FGM is
“fundamentally Islamic” and cites its foundation in Islamic texts such
as Umdat al-Salik:
“Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women.
For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for
women, removing the prepuce (Ar. Bazr) of the clitoris.” Sacred
Islamic Reliance: page 59, Umdat al-Salik (“Reliance of the
Traveler”), a manual of the Shafi”i school of Islamic jurisprudence,
endorsed by Egypt’s very own Al-Azhar University of Cairo “” the oldest
and most prestigious university in the Islamic world.
FGM is indeed fundamentally Islamic. Why would it not be when one of Sunni Islam’s “Four Great Imams,” Ahmad ibn Hanbal, quotes Muhammed as saying: “Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women?” Perhaps this is why Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University has called circumcision “a laudable practice that did honor to women.”
And so perhaps it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why
in Muslim Egypt, like in Indonesia, the crime of FGM is perpetrated on a
massive level. Even when the Egyptian government tried to ban FGM back
in 1996, an Egyptian court overturned the ban in July 1997 because of
the ferocious uprising it sparked among Islamic clerics, who fervently
pointed to Islamic teachings to make sure this crime against women
remained firm in place.
And it is clear, of course, why FGM is so important and crucial to
Islam; crippling women’s sexuality solidifies the misogynist structures
of Islamic gender apartheid. Keeping FGM legitimized and
institutionalized helps keep women subjugated and caged. By amputating
the clitoris, Islam’s mutilators succeed in maiming the woman’s sexual
desire and pleasure, which, in the morbid Islamic mindset, reduces the
chances that she will ever toy with the horrifying notions (for Islam)
of autonomy, equality and self-determination.
But how can we possibly help Muslim girls if our society forbids us
to confront this Islamic crime and the theology in which it is rooted?
And that’s where we tragically stand: while millions of young Muslim
girls suffer the mutilating barbarity of female genital mutilation in
the Islamic world every year, our mainstream media and higher literary
culture remains completely silent about it — and slanders the truth
tellers like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer who want to come to the aid of Muslim women.