Circumcision

NYC Right to Require Consent Prior to Circumcision Ritual

We have discussed here repeatedly various religious/secular controversies that require the balancing of interests. We have also repeatedly discussed why I believe — and many commenters don’t — that infant circumcision should be protected as a religious right. And now, there is a story out of New York in which I think the government can […]

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Berlin Declares Circumcision Legal

I have pledged to try to keep readers updated on stories we discuss here: Responding to the Cologne trial judge outlawing circumcision, the German State of Berlin had declared circumcision legal if done by a doctor. From the Times of Israel story: One of Germany’s 16 states has declared circumcision legal, but only if performed […]

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Circumcise to Save Billions in Medical Costs

Declining rates of circumcision could cost society big time when the boy babies become men and risk STDs from engaging in risky activities. From the LA Times story: Declining rates of circumcision among infants will translate into billions of dollars of unnecessary medical costs in the U.S. as these boys grow up and become sexually […]

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Norway Official Attacks Religious Circumcision

We’ve previously discussed a German judge forbidding the circumcision of minors. Now, a Norwegian non Jew/Muslim is telling those major world religions how to practice their faith. From the Haaretz story: Norway’s ombudsman for children’s rights has proposed that Jews and Muslims replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual. Dr. Anne Lindboe told the […]

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German Judge Outlaws Circumcision

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Religious freedom is supposed to be a touchstone of liberty. But many secularists so disdain faith that they refuse to abide by the principle — or more commonly, attempt to shrink its parameters to a very limited “freedom of worship.” Now, in the aftermath of […]

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