Honestly, I believe the governments, courts, regulators and leaders throughout the world are losing their minds! I see idiotic rules, regulations, laws and court decisions, almost daily, that are asinine, maniacal, oppressive and tyrannical! It is not just Americans that need to wake up and stop this lunacy, but the population on the entire western world needs to wake up. - Reggie
(Update: Adds reaction from anti-circumcision activists)
(CNSNews.com) – A German court has ruled that circumcising male infants for religious reasons, as Jews in particular have done for thousands of years, constitutes grievous bodily harm and is a crime, regardless of parental consent.
A public health specialist who is also a traditional Jewish circumciser called the ruling “stupid,” suggesting Wednesday that while “politically-correct modern liberal thinkers” would not be open to persuasion about Jewish values, they should at least consider studies finding wide-ranging health benefits from the procedure.
Anti-circumcision groups – “Intactivists” – welcomed the ruling and urged courts elsewhere to follow suit.
In a ruling bound to fuel a long-running debate over circumcision, a regional court in Cologne said Tuesday that the “fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents.”
“A child’s body is irreparably and permanently changed by a circumcision,” German media outlets quoted the ruling as saying. “This change contravenes the interests of the child to decide later about his own religious affiliation.”
“The religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised, if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised,” it said.
For Jews, however, circumcision of baby boys at eight days has been a key tenet of faith for some 4,000 years. Prescribed by God in Genesis 17, it symbolized that a person was in covenant with his Creator.