The UK’s National Secular Society pressured Amazon.co.uk to withdraw a circumcision training kit from its website. Amazon.com still offers headless infant torsos for doctors to practice their crude skills on a baby’s penis.
Would this be the outcome if the genital mutilation victims were girls?
“A medical tribunal is to consider lifting a ban on an NHS psychiatrist who illegally circumcised dozens of boys for religious reasons.
Dr Hassan Abdulla was banned from performing surgery for two years in 2014.
The condition was imposed after a Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) panel found him guilty of misconduct.
This followed a hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court when the doctor admitted six offences of carrying out surgical circumcisions without Care Quality Commission registration on 41 boys between November 2011 and January 2012 …”
At last the British liberal press, the Guardian, is beginning to break its silence on this issue… A great deal of page space has been devoted to FGM previously …
A sad story of cultural clashes, the brave Mother put her children first, and refused to allow her sons to be genitally mutilated for their father’s religious preferences…
“The High Court ruling, upholding the rights of two children to choose upon maturity, and the rights of both parents to be heard, offers some reassurance. It also throws up a lot of questions. Were the dissenting parent also Muslim it is not at all clear which way the law would fall. The UK also allows pretty much anyone to circumcise boys pretty much anywhere – it’s almost completely unregulated despite well-known medical risks. How could the law be effective in preventing someone determined to have their child circumcised? And how can I ever feel that my sons will be safe?”
It is best to watch the article – there are no explicit scenes of cutting –
Witty and cynical …
There are many reasons to surgically remove a young boy’s fingernails and so very few arguments standing against. The ability to have the debate is often plighted by dark clouds of anger and personal feelings, heated rhetoric and empty yelling. Hopefully, through careful analysis and detailed examination we can dispel any and all myths and mysteries enveloping the issue of surgically removing a young boy’s fingernails.
For many this practice is deeply ingrained in their religion and cultural identity, that to take this practice, this rite, away from them would be to take away a human right. This cannot be…
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A good description of events on the day …
The protest, organised by Mike Buchanan, leader of the political party Justice For Men & Boys, started at 1300 sharp and by the time I arrived several were already present, setting up banners and talking with the local police – they had arrived to oversee the demonstration. It was a hot day, certainly perfect weather for a protest, people will be out and about, living their lives and hearing what we have to say. We were collecting outside the Temple Fortune Clinic, this location had been chosen because Dr Martin Harris, a known genital mutilator, worked here. We were hoping to see him.
We were generally met with positive reception, although inevitably there were those who came and argued. A man claiming to be a doctor came out to inform us how we were wrong and did not know anything…
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MGM Protest, Golders Green Tube Station. Raising awareness, Promoting Brit Shalom and J4MB (Justice 4 Men and Boys political party UK).
Interesting debates with several people. Some defended infant cutting. Lots of the cut men thought there were health benefits. I guess that is one way of justifying it – although research does not back this claim up!
Many people were interested in the Jewish intactivist movement – which has a long history. Some recognised the human rights issue about consent but felt that it was a decision a parent should still have – often saying that “medical benefits” justified this – as well as religious reasons. I asked some “What if the child grows up to not be religious?” The most common answer being that it was only a minor procedure – and a useless flap of skin. Of course you can’t know any different if you don’t have that “flap” …
Many people were not interested in talking but took leaflets about Brit Shalom and Men’s right’s issues produced by Justice 4 Men and Boys.
Several people declared their religious feelings about MGM as an integral part of their religious life – and did not see MGM and FGM as comparable at all.
One Jewish lady was not sure who Joshua was but was robustly defending MGM for parents’ religious reasons – I was trying to explain that if she reads her Torah she will find that many of the Israelites were not circumcised as babies in the Joshua story – they decided to get mutilated as adults at Gilgal – producing “The mound of foreskins” (check your bible). So maybe cutting could be left to adulthood as there is a biblical precedent for this.
Patrick Smyth: The intactivist message, including Brit Shalom, was promoted in Golders Green yesterday with Mike Buchanan of J4MB and other staunch human rights activists. In all the five years that I have been protesting this issue on the streets I have never before experienced so much opposition and ridicule from women. We had mostly civilised and rational discussion with the men who had been subjected to the ancient ritual.
… There were many interesting conversations, including one with a man who was wearing the Tzitzis and must have been over 60, and yet he informed us that his mother left him intact! I dressed all in black for a change as befits my mood at the moment. Much more to report and more pictures/video as and when I collect my thoughts.
The Police attended and dealt with public access, protesters, and public even handedly and sensitively and the small demo of about ten protesters was peaceful. A very small number of passers by were rude and felt that there was no issue to protest about. The vast majority of people were polite even if they did not agree with our message.