German Court Rules Circumcision a “Bodily Harm”

This week a court in Germany ruled that circumcising boys for religious reasons is “bodily harm.” The ruling came as a result of a court case about medical complications following the circumcision of a four-year-old boy. The doctor was acquitted, but apparently the court felt like stirring up a shit-storm anyway.  The ruling isn’t binding but it certainly sets a precedent.

Also, this happened in Germany. And circumcision of newborn boys has been a tradition in Judaism (amongst other religions and cultures) dating back thousands of years. Er, guys? You do remember the Holocaust, right? Don’t you think you might want to step a little more lightly when it comes to religious freedom, and in particular the religious freedom of Jewish people?

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1 year 11 months ago

ANY circumcision, male or female is physical abuse upon the child and should be banned worldwide. In women it destroys their entire sexual sensations and in men the glans becomes atrophied and less sensitive.


3 years 4 months ago

Leave the children uncut, please.

3 years 4 months ago

You know what reduces the contraction of HIV? Fn condoms. When faced with the decision to perform (what by all measures seems to be a remarkably painful) surgery on an infant and promoting temporary latex sheaths why are we deciding that promoting condoms is just too big a fight?

3 years 4 months ago

Before we decide whether or not circumcision is a religious right we should be asking ourselves why it’s almost an automatic practice in the US. We’d go along way by simply flipping the hospital norm. Instead of going in preparing to circumcise an infant why don’t we switch to waiting until a parent requests a circumcision.

3 years 4 months ago