Aug. 1, 2007--
New York City issues fatwa promoting breastfeeding but officials deny it's related to "WorkPlace Fatwa" by an Islamic scholar on breastfeeding.·
Not to be outdone by Islamic scholars, New York City has now issued its own "fatwa" promoting breastfeeding. According to a CBS News local affiliate, the New York "fatwa" bans hospitals from providing information on infant formulas to new mothers. The CBS News affiliate has produced a video (here) "exposing" the new breastfeeding fatwa. PoliSat.Com's Washington Burear Drawer Chief has learned that recent polls show public sentiment to be engorged with support for the action. According to the latest polls, more than 90% of newborns prefer breastfeeding as well as more than 80% of "metrosexual" men.
The New York City fatwa on breastfeeding comes quickly on the heels of a fatwa on breastfeeding in the workplace (the "WorkPlace Fatwa") issued by an Islamic scholar several months ago, in reference to which PoliSat.Com obtained an exclusive video and reported on the background here. Opponents of the New York action are asking: "Is this a sign of a coming convergence of modernity and medieval religion?" First, New York issues a no-smoking fatwa, then a no-trans-fats fatwa and now a breastfeeding fatwa. Supporters say breastfeeding promotes nutrition and intimacy. Opponents say its the wrong formula for success.
Proponents say breastfeeding exposes part of the beauty of nature and that critics of public breastfeeding are Neo-Puritans. Proponents say the sight of breasts has a calming effect on society. Political supporters of this view recently staged a "breasts not bombs" demonstration against "war." Opponents say the sights at that demonstration showed sagging support for the "anti-war" movement. Needless to say, the media will milk this topic for all its worth.
--Jim Wrenn, PoliSat.Com's Washington Bureau Drawer Chief.