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Where's Islam?

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I attended a "lunch and learn" seminar today presented by the Calgary Police Services, on the topics of Honour Based Violence (HBV) and Forced Marriages. My stomach doesn't do well when I hear stories about people being deliberately attacked, assaulted, coerced into decision, or worst yet, plotted against to be murdered. And then the topic of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) came up and I felt even more nauseated. According to statistics in Canada and the US, FGM is being increasingly popular as girls from cultures where FGM is embraced are making trips back home over the summer. (see http://www.trust.org/item/?map=female-genital-mutilation-on-the-rise-in-the-united-states-report). A number of these girls are unfortunately forced into FGM or marriages, some of them never returning to home or perhaps worse yet, returning with a multitude of physical and psychological scars with them. While Islam was never mentioned during the presentation, a majority of the countries wher…