A Jew Against Circumcision

More Jewish opposition to MGM.

“I’m not a circumcision fan, not as a Jew, not as a man. I belong to a branch of Judaism — Reconstructionist — that considers itself enlightened and progressive; no “Chosen People” stuff, no rules about matrilineal descent, and yet, thanks to the apparently intractable belief that humankind’s covenant with God somehow specifically demands that each and every Jewish male must suffer ritual genital mutilation, Reconstructionists still insist upon the practice.

Ritual. Genital. Mutilation. That’s precisely what circumcision is, and it is performed for no other reason than virgins were sacrificed to King Kong. The “health” reasons put forth on behalf of such routine disfigurement are unproved, including the belief, prevalent in the 19th-century U.S., that removing a foreskin would cut down on masturbation. As for the ethical and moral issues involved in performing elective surgery on a newborn — a situation where informed consent by the patient is an impossibility — well, hey, a covenant’s a covenant. With the Lord!”

Full Article A Jew Against Circumcision


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