I’m glad to say the NSS has been quick in its support of the proposed legislation in Iceland.
Article from the Jerusalem Post, although not mentioned, Muslim ritual rircumcision and halal slaughter, without stunning, are also for the chop.
Scandinavia leads the way on children’s rights and humane animal treatment where these things conflict with primitive cult practices.
“The Progress Party in Norway voted on Saturday in favor of a law banning ritual circumcision of children under the age of 16, a day after the environment committee of Belgium’s Parliament of Wallonia voted in favor of banning ritual slaughter, posing a threat to both shechita (kosher slaughter) and brit mila (circumcision) in Europe.
Proponents of the Norwegian bill, which was discussed during the party’s national gathering over the weekend, claim that circumcision constitutes mental and physical harm to children and constitutes a serious violation of children’s rights. The Progress Party is the third-largest party – with 29 of 169 seats in parliament it serves as the junior partner in Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s cabinet.”
NORWAY’S PROGRESS PARTY CALLS FOR BAN ON CIRCUMCISION OF BOYS
“Circumcision is a trauma.” American Jewish Psychologist Ronald Goldman, PhD, testifies at the historic Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) hearing on January 28, 2014, an unprecedented debate on baby circumcision…. “As a Jew and a psychologist, I understand the stress that religious communities feel in connection with questioning of circumcision… I raise these questions out of deep caring and compassion, for our community generally, and our male infants in particular. We are inflicting, generally, unrecognized harm with circumcision, and the perpetuation of this harm is far greater a concern than the discomfort that comes from confronting the advisability of this practice. Many Jews who do not circumcise in North America, South America, Europe, and Israel support this view.” ~Ronald Goldman, PhD, author, “Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma
“HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEE GROWN MEN IN NORWAY REQUIRE TO BE CIRCUMCISED?” Dr. Hallquist: “NEVER.” Dr. Anne Cecilie Hallquist is an ObGyn in Oslo, Norway. … May 2, 2015 at the ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting Protest in San Francisco.
This humorous BBC3 program covers the main issues in the UK.
Equal rights for boys …. Stop MGM… SHARE! … Gender equality for UK genital mutilation legislation! Sign the PETITION now.. (Click on link and follow instructions)
I started this blog to document my interest in the issue of genital mutilation legislation in the UK – it is currently illegal to cut a girl but legal to cut a boy.
In the UK, genital mutilation of children, has become an issue in the last thirty years or so. The majority of the media attention has been devoted to the ritual cutting of girls done in some Islamic cultures that have recently settled in the UK.
Parents who do this to their children genuinely believe that GM is a beneficial thing – usually for mainly religious reasons.
I became interested in this issue for several reasons. I’ve worked as a Teacher of “Looked after children”, young people who find themselves in the care of a local authority and are placed with a foster family or in a children’s home. Fortunately the issue never arose during my time as a Teacher. If I had suspected that a relative of a girl child wanted to take her to have GM done I would be legally obliged to inform her Social Worker and the Police. If a boy child was to be taken to be cut no such obligation would need to be observed. I trained as a Teacher at a time when equality of all kinds was quite rightly being promoted, gender equality, sexual orientation equality, etc.
I see several levels of hypocrisy, double standards, and misinformation in the current legislation.
The Rights of the Child compared to the Parents’ right to religious freedom.
Gender Inequality no protection for male children
No mention of inter-gender children and non-elective surgery
Child FGM is only practised in cultures where child MGM happens too.
While UK law protects girls from genital mutilation – there is no law for boys..
For those who are unaware of why various religious groups do MGM …
They normally cite Abraham’s circumcision, age 99, (he’s not a baby notice) (Majority of Muslims, most Jews, and some Christians hold this rite dear) the story’s told in the Old Testament.. MGM done as a mark of contract with his god and the male members of the tribe.
MGM was well established prior to Abraham’s time.
Its significance was as a serious contract, “signed” in penis blood for dramatic effect, as was the established custom, so it was then a “pagan” habit, that is, it was used by Abraham because it was already an ancient mark of contract or rite of passage in the Middle East *prior* to his awareness of the one god revelation.
Rather like European Christianity took over the time of the Pagan Winter Solstice celebrations to celebrate Christ’s birth, Abraham took an already meaningful rite and appropriated it for Judaism, and Islam, and for some Christians..
Abraham can be regarded as the father of all three branches of the one god fits all theory that has been popular for the past three millennia.
Abraham was divinely inspired to MGM his male slaves too – although most Rabbis agree (for once) that this did not make the slaves Jews. So applying reverse logic here .. circumcision is not the defining feature of male Jewishness.
Nowhere in the Koran itself does it say “Cut off the tip of your son’s wedding tackle”, or words to that effect. GM of both genders of Muslims has since become more popular in some Muslim cultures. But it’s not mentioned in the Koran itself explicitly.
The New Testament states GM is not needed to be a Christian – but some nostalgic Christians still do it for authenticity – as Jesus, being Jewish, was almost certainly unhooded.
Is GM done to remove androgyny? : Nobel Winner George Wald’s Essay
Viking Doctor says No! to cock docking of minors….