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 90+, (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 as a tribal mark for the important, the male, members of the tribe.
GM was well established prior to Abraham’s time. (Genesis 17)
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.
The Blood Libel and Genital Cutting
MGM has caused Judaism problems many times over the centuries – we know that the Rabbis were primitively aware of haemophilia (guaranteed death of cut baby) because if two sons die – the family is not required to cut a third son under Jewish law – they knew that kids could die but carry on regardless. This was no doubt cause of some of the persecution of Jews in times gone by – accused of child sacrifice as dead babies sometimes happened for real – several Jewish Historians have written about this.
Child abuse is a cyclic thing carried out down the generations … If you base your religion on this blood ritual – it degrades it and you and the society that allows child abuse for religion – it is also sexist – girls can’t make the covenant with the iron age idol, Yahweh/Moloch
George Wald: One of America’s Greatest Teachers
|Jewish Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine (1967) and beloved Harvard biology professor, George Wald, 1975 essay, “Circumcision”: ** Here are just a few sentences from that profound essay:
“That command to sacrifice the male firstborn of a domestic animal, taking it from its mother when it is eight days old, makes one wonder whether the prescribed circumcision of sons on the eighth day was once a form of redemption, the token sacrifice of the foreskin to substitute for sacrifice of the child. In any case the principle of redemption runs through these commandments, not only the obligatory redemption of sons, but ‘every firstling of an ass you shall redeem with a lamb…’ (Exodus 13: 13).
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.
Moses was not circumcised.
Joshua and his band circumcised themselves as adults – forming the “Hill of foreskins”
” … Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet
with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,”
Zipporah’s tale is a little strange… It could be seen as propaganda for Jewish Mums to convince them MGM is good in the eyes of Yahweh (god of the old testament)..
Old Testament Foreskin Lore Passages
|But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet
with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. …
//biblehub.com/exodus/4-25.htm – 18k
|… On the eighth day the boy’s foreskin must be circumcised. … And on the eighth
day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. …
//biblehub.com/leviticus/12-3.htm – 17k
|… Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin
shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant …
//biblehub.com/genesis/17-14.htm – 18k
|… You must cut off the flesh of your foreskin as a
sign of the covenant between me and you. …
//biblehub.com/genesis/17-11.htm – 17k
|… Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. …
//biblehub.com/genesis/17-24.htm – 16k
|… And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was
circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. …
//biblehub.com/genesis/17-25.htm – 16k
|… Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. … Circumcise
therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked. …
//biblehub.com/deuteronomy/10-16.htm – 17k
|… born in his house and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men
of Abraham’s household, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the …
//biblehub.com/genesis/17-23.htm – 19k
|… But you will become drunk with shame, not majesty. Now it is your turn
to drink and expose your uncircumcised foreskin! The cup …
//biblehub.com/habakkuk/2-16.htm – 18k
|… Circumcise yourselves to the LORD; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of
Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn …
//biblehub.com/jeremiah/4-4.htm – 19k
|… Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, and I will visit upon
every one that hath the foreskin circumcised. …
//biblehub.com/jeremiah/9-25.htm – 17k
|… causing me to oppose them and take them to the land of their enemies so that the
uncircumcised foreskin of their hearts can be humbled and so that they accept …
//biblehub.com/leviticus/26-41.htm – 19k