“for upper-tier Moslem clergy”
No Muslims either Shia Muslim or just Muslim, the sunni shit is starting to pall, have clergy neither Alim or the plural Ulema, even in the French sense of a religious establishment i am guessing, are clergy, they can certainly express opinions and issue futawa which have absolutely no force other than acclaim. There is neither clergy nor monasticism in Islam.
It is usual for an Alim to achieve eminence by acclaim alone they are not elected appointed but just arise by reputation like a good doctor so the saying goes. And still they have no divine authority whatsoever, only that of example and argument.
I often watched as the unofficial Grand Mufti of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland was derided for his errors of Law and Quranic interpretation by Pakistani teenagers among many others most non-Arabic speakers but a few Arabs too.
Have you seen the Yemeni couple whose daughter, 12 or so, was droned to death, in their garden, I was struck by what the Niqabi mother said “All the time the drone was buzzing overhead filming everywhere it went they bombed, filming but still killed her”
probably the arabs don’t love their children like we do…
perhaps we should seize the kids put them into schools to protect them from the ulemas, like the native Americans like the first nations like they are still doing in Australia ( have you seen Utopia its a real place in Australia Pilgers film of that name is available free on youtube)
cutting to the chase let me express my utter disgust with people who have the gall to claim that Muslims abuse their children doing what quite normal to them while the west has slaughtered and continues to do so Arab children in their multiple thousands has bequeathed untold generations of deformed and severely impaired children, has wasted the lives of an untold multitude.
I circumcised both my sons and would do so again were I to have any further issue, nor you nor anyone else own their innocence and defenselessness, nor do I or we owe you an explanation, you don’t like it don’t do it, we do it it’s our business.