Saturday, October 15, 2016

FGM Means Less Fornication

I had blogged about female genital mutilation or FGM.
 
It is not just a cultural practice but there is also the religious point of view. At least, some muftis would lead us to believe. 
 
Mufti Ismail Berdiyev from the North Caucasus region in Russia – in an interview with Interfax news agency – had said on August 17, 2016 that if FGM “could be applied to all women, that would be very good”.
 
The procedure has come under massive international scrutiny – with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon in 2014 launching a global campaign to end it.
 
Berdiyev, who was decorated by President Vladimir Putin in March, said FGM does not stop women from fulfilling their ordained role of motherhood and if all women were mutilated, “there would be less fornication.”
 
[Note: He later retracted his comments, claiming that he had been joking and Islam, in fact, does not call for FGM].
 
A controversial Russian Orthodox cleric, the Church’s former spokesperson Vsevolod Chaplin, had backed Berdiyev saying that Muslims had a right to a “time-honoured tradition”. 

And he added: “You probably don’t need to ‘circumcise’ all women, there’s no need with Orthodox women as they don’t fornicate anyway”.
 
I realize now that this world has more than its fair share of asses!
 
On Thursday afternoon, I was in PJ’s Jalan Yong Shook Lin to evaluate an Advanced speech at the IJM Toastmasters meeting.
 













Overall, a good meeting. BTW, I was voted Best Evaluator .

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