Lord, today we celebrate Michigan’s passing of more stringent laws against female genital mutilation. We are thankful this state is leading the way in cracking down on this barbaric practice that has no health benefits. We pray that Michigan’s harsher penalties and educational outreach will motivate people to reconsider the supposed importance of this practice. Lord, we also pray against female genital mutilation worldwide. It can be difficult to criticize other cultures’ or religions’ practices, but sometimes the truth is clear. Female genital mutilation is harmful--like India’s former practicing of cremating living widows along with their dead husbands (sati). Just as Hindus now recognize that sati is barbaric, may Muslims realize that female genital mutilation is shameful, torturous and oppressive. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.