Mr. Batman, you are correct only in so far as the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation is associated with African Pagan Religious Rituals, that DO predate Islam. However! Muslims throughout Africa including Eritrea and Ethiopia (and the Middle East e.g. Iraq/Yemen) adopted and continued this vile practice during the mid 600s AD and up till the present, due to Islam's emphasis on purity and Marital Fidelity, obviously only on the part of Wives. It is associated with Savage Cultures and Radical Islamic Terror Groups, which have officially no alliance with their respective Nation States. Female Genital Mutilation is associated with the "Hadith" of Muhammed, in which this practice was praised! So although it isn't prescribed by the Koran, Islamic Fanatic and Savage Muslims who practice it don't get a pass with either me; or in my estimate Western Civilization generally. What's good for the Goose is Good for the Muslim Gander! I think that Male Muslims who make their Wives do this should become Eunuchs, thusly they will then enhance their own Spiritual Purity and Fidelity. What do you think about that? Once you answer my questions in the 2nd half of the Paragraph, in my Second entry on this Blog; I will duly inform you about the Muslim Taxation upon Non-Muslims, that they DO allow to live in their Countries... The only way to Peace between Americans and TRUE followers of Islam, is for them to come forward and Police their own people, and give up Islamic Terrorists to appropriate authorities of their Host Countries. Otherwise they should NOT come here, and secretly and/or otherwise support Islamic Terrorists. When all Muslims Pledge to do this in this Country, they will start the process of gaining intelligent Peoples' trust. Here, in MY Country, we separate Church and State. We do not condone Religious Wars any longer. Not in the U.S.A. Once Muslims in this Country universally DO this, then I will raise up my single finger; not to curse but to Greet them as good Citizens and TRUE followers of Islam; and I will loudly proclaim to them, "La illaha il Allah!" and add, "Mahamed Re-soul Allah!" For he is indeed the most Recent Prophet given to the World; who spoke with the Angel Gabriel no less. And YES, I have felt and experienced what Christians call the "Holy Spirit" beneath the Lantern of God. Someday, we can hope that mutual respect and education can bring us a better Country and World.
Truly, Prem Geho (my religious name given to me by a true Sage from India), LCDR John Sullivan USNR