- by Gitabushi
So a federal judge said that laws against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are unConstitutional:
Conservatives are shocked and outraged. Maybe some Progressives are shocked and outraged, too, but I don’t follow many of them, so I haven’t seen it.
I have several reactions to this.
First, I can almost understand the logic behind the ruling. If FGM laws are Constitutional, it means the Federal Government has arrogated some powers of parenthood to themselves. Can the government ban circumcision? Require circumcision? Ban ear piercings?
However, and more importantly, if there were a movement in the US of parents amputating the dominant hand of their children, I think we’d find a way to make *that* illegal without running afoul of the Constitution. Or if that is too difficult to imagine, sexual abuse and physical abuse are illegal, and that’s perfectly Constitutional, right?
Perhaps the key to that is parents should not be allowed to commit crimes on their children. So to make FGM band Constitutional, we have to make sure it is recognized as a crime.
However, aside from the logic of parental rights described (and hopefully fully refuted) above, I think there are three reasons for this ruling. In no particular order:
- Islam is a Leftist ideology, and so the Left will try to accommodate them whenever possible.
- By couching this in terms of “religious freedom,” the Left is attempting to establish a wedge issue, by which they can paint Christians as religious freedom hypocrites; or if Religious Freedom FGMs are ever successfully banned, they can use those arguments in their assault on Christian religious freedom.
- Permitting parents to have FGM performed on their daughters is topologically identical to permitting parents to have gender re-assignment surgery performed on their children. Trans issues are *extremely* important to the US Left right now.
- At another level, the thought process that allows abortion allows FGM. Strengthen the acceptability of FGM, strengthen the acceptability of abortion. This is like 3rd-order effects, tho, so I’m open to being told this is nonsense.
This is just one battle. Decency, Compassion, and Humanity haven’t lost the war to the Left yet, but we need to fight to find a way to make FGM bans Constitutional.