It’s important to remember that approximately 20% of the new Egyptian Parliament is made up of Salafists (Muslim Brotherhood with the mask off). According to the Egypt Independent, one of those Salafist Members of Parliament continues to push for mandating female genital mutilation, based on religious grounds (sharia law).
Female circumcision is part of the prophetic Sunnah, said MP Nasser al-Shaker of the Salafi-led Nour Party, who previously proposed a bill that would allow the practice.
On a morning show on Mehwar satellite TV station, Shaker said notable Egyptian scholars have said the practice is part of the Sunnah.
Imam Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, Abdel Halim Mahmoud, former Islamic Research Academy member Sheikh Attiya Saqr and former Egyptian Mufti Nasr Farid Wasel — all prominent Egyptian religious figures, the first three of whom have died — had all authorized the practice, also known as female genital mutilation, Shaker said.
Shaker said former first lady Suzanne Mubarak was the driving force behind banning it.
Does that mean women were safer under the Mubarak regime? If so, then why did the western left-wing media champion the ‘Arab Spring’ as a Democratic uprising?
There’s another consideration here. In the west, the left encourages Republican politicians to ‘reach across the aisle’ in the interest of moderation and compromise. Senators like John McCain have prided themselves on possessing this trait. Does the left think it would be appropriate for someone to ‘reach across the aisle’ to Nasser al-Shaker and give him what he wants in the interest of ‘compromise’?
Attention left-wing womens’ rights groups… It would appear that re-channeling your anger toward fighting the real ‘war on women’ might be appropriate. Going after Christian conservatives who have a problem with the mutilation of unborn babies seems a bit misplaced, does it not?
Then again, most leftists are racked with displacement.
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids