In recent weeks, tens of millions of Americans were genuinely outraged by a U.S. district court ruling in Michigan, in which the judge claimed that federal laws banning the practice of female genital mutilation (FMG) were somehow unconstitutional.
As NewsTarget reported, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman dismissed criminal charges against two doctors and six others who had been accused of subjecting at least nine minor girls to the horrific cutting procedure. The case involved minor girls from Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota and included “some who cried, screamed and bled during the procedure and one who was given Valium ground in liquid Tylenol to keep her calm,” added the Detroit Free Press, which cited court records.
Now, one might think, especially in the #MeToo movement, that American feminists would be taking to the streets to protest this disgusting decision. The ‘progressive’ Left is all about women’s rights and ensuring that young American girls grow up free from the constraints of male-dominated society and religion (FMG is a distinctly Muslim practice, by the way).
But you’d be wrong if you thought that. In fact, the silence from Leftist feminists was so deafening that Somali-born human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (pictured above) could not remain silent in calling them out.
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As Newswars reports, Ali herself was a childhood victim (age 5) of FMG. She spoke out against the practice, and the federal court’s ruling, during an appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight program last week.
“You have all these women and feminist organizations that are challenging ‘white privilege,’ and ‘racism,’ and so on — how is it okay, in the United States of America, to be cutting the genitals of little black girls? How is that not racist?” Ali asked. “Many of them are of course children of color. I don’t know of white children whose genitals are cut.” (Related: Female genital mutilation threatens 500K American girls as families adhere to cultural tradition, shipping children abroad for deadly procedure.)
Carlson wanted to know how self-proclaimed feminists and feminist organizations respond to her challenges on the issue.
“They go into identity politics,” Ali responded. “We live in this crazy age of political correctness and identity politics,” the latter of which is when people associate with the political and social interests of certain demographical groups rather than a party.
“I’ve been to Congress, I’ve been to the Senate, and I’ve tried to talk to people about legislation on this issue, and what you see is that the people who are supposed to be protecting little children are terrified of being described as racist,” she told Carlson.
Shortly after the ruling, she tweeted, “These are children; little girls; between the ages of 2 to 8; they have no idea and from one moment to the next they are held down by people they love. And then chop! Parts of their genitalia are gone! The law must protect them! PLEASE.”
These are children; little girls; between the ages of 2 to 8; they have no idea and from one moment to the next they are held down by people they love. And then chop! Parts of their genitalia are gone! The law must protect them! PLEASE.
— Ayaan Hirsi Ali (@Ayaan) November 21, 2018
She noted that 25 states had thus far refused to pass legislation banning FGM — which is important given the ‘reasoning’ behind Friedman’s ruling.
“As laudable as the prohibition of a particular type of abuse of girls may be … federalism concerns deprive Congress of the power to enact this statute,” Friedman wrote in his 28-page opinion.
Specifically, he noted that ”Congress overstepped its bounds by legislating to prohibit FGM … FGM is a ‘local criminal activity’ which, in keeping with long-standing tradition and our federal system of government, is for the states to regulate, not Congress.”
So it’s a 10th Amendment issue. Odd, isn’t it, how federal courts (and the Supreme Court) either forget or rediscover that amendment when it is convenient for them (by comparison, every state had a law against abortion when SCOTUS issued its Roe v. Wade decision in 1973).
It seems like when it comes to women’s issues, federal courts can be as hypocritical as Left-wing cultists.
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