For John, BLUF: Are there any limits with regard to Freedom of Religion? I would think the "first/nose" theory would apply. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is from the relatively new web-zine Circa. The reporter is Ms Allison Maass and the dateline is 25 May 2017.
Here is the lede plus one. There is more detail on the defense arguments at the link.
For the first time in 21 years a law making it illegal to cut young girls' genitalia will be challenged, claiming freedom of religion as a defense, the Detroit Free Press reports.The balancing act here is difficult. There is the freedom of religion issue. There is the question of granting consent. There is the question of when a child should have his or her path for his or her adult life chosen, and by whom. There is the child abuse issue. And there is the issue of different cultures.
Three people have been charged with cutting the genitals of two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota in February. The defendants, Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, his wife Farida Attar and Dr. Jumana Nagarwala are members of the Indian-Muslim sect Dawoodi Bohra, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, outside of Detroit.
My personal view is that FGM should be illegal in these United States.
It is just my Anglo-Saxon cultural heritage showing through.
Regards — Cliff