Lawyers to use religious defense in Detroit female genital mutilation case
Where does Religious Freedom end and ritual abuse begin? A case in Detroit might soon decide where federal law draws the line.
According to the Detroit Free Press, defense lawyers plan to argue that religious liberty protects the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in a case that has shaken the city’s massive Muslim community. Federal law has prohibited FGM in America for more than 20 years, and the case presents the first challenge to the ban.
Will Martin is an Army officer and freelance journalist. A former newspaper reporter and editor on the East Coast, he now calls Sacramento and the military his full-time homes. Will has earned several state and national awards for his writing and design, from both civilian and military media organizations. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Master of Arts in Communication program and the Department of Defense Public Affairs Officer course.
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