IMAMS INSIST PRACTICE MUST BE MANDATORY
SUGGESTED AGE FOR MUTILATION: 7 DAYS
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the leading Islamic organization in Indonesia with 30 million members, sanctioned pedophilia this weekend at its 32nd Congress, ruling that Muslim men may marry prepubescent girls as young as six, and also gave its stamp of approval on female genital mutilation.
The NU clerics ruled that female circumcision should not only be viewed as “sunnah” or “recommended but should be made mandatory throughout the Islamic world.
Several of the Sunni clerics in attendance offered suggestions that midwives and handmaids should employ while conducting partial clitoridectomies.
“Don’t cut too much. Just cut the small skin on the tip of the clitoris. Otherwise, a woman would lose her sexuality, and you males don’t like that to happen, do you?” prominent cleric KH Mohammad Masyhuri Naim told a press conference.
Mr. Masyhuri, who is also a member of NU Suriah (lawmaking body), said that a proper female circumcision should not cause any damage to woman genitals. “No bleeding, if you do it properly.”
He suggested that circumcision should be conducted on a female baby at the age of 7 days.
The NU religious leader also took an example of mass female circumcision in Bandung in the past which had triggered opposition from many Islam communities, some of which then considered female circumcision haram.
“That was not a good example of the way to conduct a female circumcision. The bad thing was that the media had blown the issue out of proportion,” Mr.Masyhuri said.
Nahdlatul Ulama has been the authoritative voice of Islam in Indonesia since 1926.
Lolo Soetoro, President Barack Obama’s stepfather, reportedly was a member in good standing of this organization until his death of liver cancer in 1981.
Scores of cases involving the genital mutilation of infant Muslim girls have been reported in the United States in recent years. On March 15, 2010, a Muslim woman was arrested in Le Grange, Georgia, for performing a life-threatening clitoridectomy on her newborn daughter.
140 million Muslim women throughout the world have been subjected to circumcision – – almost all in primitive and unsanitary settings.
The National Women’s Health Information Center reports that preventing minors from undergoing FGM is hampered by problems “with cultural adaptation, immigration status, economic issues, isolation and access to education and healthcare services.”
The Center further states that remains unlikely that a girl or woman experiencing complications from undergoing female genital mutilation will receive health care “because the fear of legal repercussions would be too strong.”
Although female genital mutilation is illegal under federal law, only seventeen states have passed legislation that criminalizes the practice on minors and children.