Listening today at an interview with Ayaan – she was talking about female genital mutilation practiced in Islamic Africa, a practice that pre-dates Islam. I began wondering whether one of the challenges of any new religion is the practices brought by the new followers from the culture they were immersed. As a new religion or social idea will not succeed if it doesn’t have some resonating similarities to the culture of the people being taught the idea, it seems all to easy for people to say well, such and such idea is the same as this thing from my culture, when, in fact it may only be a little like that idea. So it seems that Islam could have abandoned genital mutilation 1000 years ago. Although there is a lot of work to do, I suspect that we will see the end to this practice this century. Nonetheless it is 1000 years late. I wonder what things that we currently think are great modern ideas but are really just becoming destructive attitudes and practices that in 1000 years people say, why didn’t we stand up against that 1000 years ago.