Should be an interesting afternoon in beautiful downtown Detroit. [Eh??? Ed.] Protesters with "NOCIRC of Michigan" plan to gather about noon EDT outside the US District Courthouse to raise awareness of the barbaric "cultural" -- read "Muslim" -- practice of female circumcision, more accurately described as female genital mutilation or "FGM".
"The genitals of both girls AND boys needs [sic] to be protected from the harm of any genital cutting practice," said (((Norm Cohen))), executive director of NOCIRC of Michigan. "Michigan has one of the highest rates of circumcision in the world. This unnecessary custom violates a child's right to bodily integrity and normal functions."
The occasion for the protest is the bail hearing, scheduled for 1300 today, for Jumana Nagarwala, M.D., a Detroit doctor with performing genital mutilation on two 7-year-old girls, in what is believed to be the first case brought under a law prohibiting the procedure. Dr Nagarwala, an emergency room physician at Henry Ford Hospital, is alleged to have performed the procedures at an unnamed medical clinic in the Detroit suburb of Livonia.
"Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls," said acting US Attorney Daniel Lemisch. "The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law."
Female genital mutilation typically involves the partial or total removal of the clitoris and is barred by numerous international treaties. The practice is common in several African countries, including Somalia, Sudan and Egypt, where it is often a cultural or religious tradition. What do these countries have in common? They are all Muslim countries, run according to strict interpretations of Islamic law. (Notice that Ethiopia, a predominantly Christian country surrounded by the others, is not in the list.)
Why does Michigan have one of the highest rates of FGM in the world? Because that state, and the greater Detroit area in particular, is the new home of hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants, "refugees" and asylum-seekers, who have brought their barbaric cultural practices with them. Yet it has taken two decades for the Justice Department to launch this first criminal prosecution under a law against such practices enacted in 1996!