Different culture, or just barbaric?
A mother in so-called “progressive” Northern Iraq, on the practice of castrating young females:
“This is the practice of the Kurdish people for as long as anyone can remember. We don’t know why we do it, but we will never stop because Islam and our elders require it.”
Note how the article refers to the practice as “female circumcision.” Now there’s a euphemism! Let’s call it like it is. [Insert slam on liberal newspaper here].
Apparently up to 60% of Kurdish people in the area have had this horrific practice visited upon them by their mothers. I don’t blame them, they are caught up in a vicious cycle, and the mother’s quote above spells that out.
Where do we draw the line with our own beliefs? At what point do we say, enough is enough? That is up for everyone to decide for themselves, but like my father said recently, if the prophet commands us to slaughter another wagon train from Arkansas, I’m out!
What kinds of faith-related things have been difficult in your life? Obviously “faith” is not really knowing, but where would you draw the line? If there has already been something too much in your life or religion, what made you say “okay, this is too much”?