I’m glad to say the NSS has been quick in its support of the proposed legislation in Iceland.
‘It is most consistent with the individual’s right to self-determination that parents not be allowed to make this decision,’ says Ethics Board
The Independent covers the debate in Denmark – where the vast majority want religious child abuse legislated against.
Thorough article questioning circumcision from a Jewish perspective ….
” … the right to manifest one’s religion is not absolute – it is limited by the harm caused to others. In 2011, 11 boys under the age of one were treated for life-threatening haemorrhage, shock or sepsis relating to circumcision in Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it’s estimated that 100 boys die as a result of circumcisions every year. Can religion …justify this? ”
“Chaplin accused the U.N. of double standards by seeking to ban female genital mutilation but allowing male circumcision. The U.N. and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have campaigned for years to end the practise of any female genital cutting for non-medical reasons and have stressed that it is not comparable to male circumcision.”
In my view, the cutting of any child for religious rituals, medical fashion, or parental preference, is despicable.
FGM is directly comparable to MGM.
American academic paper which raises all the main issues. Things are beginning to change in the USA. I hope to see all children, boys,girls, and intersex, protected from genital mutilation. The law and medical ethics should be applied without gender bias. If society can override the wishes of irrational religious people concerning gay marriage – then secular law should protect all children from religious blood rites. It is a sad condemnation of western society that the feelings of adults are addressed before the harm to children. Religion has no right to demand genital mutilation of boys – and everyone in society needs to wake up to this. People who promote this should be treated like people who promote FGM. Equality for boys.
From a medical journal in the 1960s – forward thinking Doctor in the USA writes about this bizarre pseudo medical ritual that makes money for the private health services in the USA …
“… This ritual, however, has become so widespread in the United States that it is no longer much of a status symbol, and a situation has arisen where any recently delivered mother who is eccentric enough to wish her child to retain his prepuce, would be well advised to maintain permanent guard over it until such time as they both leave the hospital. The nursery staff of most American hospitals have an insatiable urge to remove the foreskin and this instinct often causes great concern among European women who do not subscribe to this practice and through force of circumstances have their baby in the United States. ”