Sometimes we see general statements about a religion and those statements do not take into account that geographyical culture affects and twists religious beleifs to make "local pockets" of "special edition" of that same religion. I am a Muslim, and sometimes we see activisits condemning "female circumsession" and condemining Islam with it. It is OK to discuss religion, but it should be an enlighened discussion, not one based on half facts. Directly I can say for example that I don't know ANYONE in our family that has practised female circumsession ( MALE circumsession is widely practiced and I am circumsized myself but not the female Muslims) ... So, what is all this about ??? AFRICA has seen the female circumsession practice . I am not generalizing abot ALL Africa, but at least in the African countries that has Muslims ( Sudan, Egypt ..etc. ) female circumsession is more spread and prcticed that , say , a very strictly Islamic country like Saudi Arabia . What does this tell us ??? That it is not religious treachings but local traditions that kicks in , and to be acceptable some kind of religious interepretation is (mis)used to give it some form of acceptance. Same thing goes of christainity I am sure. Although I don't know alot about details of the Christian faith, but Iam sure that Christians in Africa, Phillipnes, India, China, Russia, and Europe may have some differences that have originated from their local cultural tradditions and were later cloaked with religious beliefs. If you could read Arabic newspapers, you will see relgious arguments you never believed exsited. It is not very different from teh Obama / Bush camps in the U.S. It shows that even in the same country, differemnt regions with different geography and demography have different looks at life and faith. Look at your own country and your own religion and you will see the same variety of colors.