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? ”
It Cuts Both Ways: A Jew Argues for Child Rights Over Religious Circumcision
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 …”
Full Story … Leicester Mercury
“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.
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ARCHPRIEST OPPOSES BAN ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
UK viewers will not understand the first comment as the decision to circumcise is not a common one in the UK – you either abuse your child in this way because your religion, Islam or Orthodox Judaism, demands it – or you don’t even think about it – as the vast majority of native Britons born since the formation of the NHS (National Health Service) don’t think about it. Routine infant circumcision, MGM, was recognised as of no medical value and therefore not funded in the newly formed NHS in 1940s Britain.
Debate from 2015 (4 minutes). “African studies”, “30%”, and several other “facts” need to be checked and will be found lacking, as is the banner claiming MGM reduces the risk of penile cancer – penile cancer is extremely rare.
It is a bit silly asking a Jewish or Muslim Doctor to comment fairly on this issue. Fox should have got a non-religious Doctor to comment as well or instead of. Religious precedent for parents’ “preferences” soon crops up in the debate which was originally about rights of the child and possible medical benefits or lack thereof. Although religious precedent suggests many barbaric things concerning non heterosexual relationships modern Jews do not do them – why should MGM be different – why abuse children?
Attitudes, even in cultures where genital mutilation is the norm, are changing. This person paid a heavy price. Brave husband and wife for standing up to cultural pressure for their daughter …
“… Olalowo Hammed Olalekan and his wife, Modinat, were harassed after being pressured repeatedly by family members and members of their community to bring their daughter for circumcision as was usual with traditional requirements.
According to New Telegraph, the couple have reportedly fled the shores of Nigeria for the safety of their children. …”
Is Female Genital Mutilation A Mandatory Practice In Yoruba Land?
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?”
Male circumcision: the issue that ended my marriage
Hospital mutilation of infant goes wrong. Infant dies. On average I notice at least one death from around the world reported every month. I have only heard of one FGM death in the world in the past six months. Few people seem to care about boy babies getting slit up …
The WHO (World Health Organisation) should treat all children equally and not just protect girls from circumcision …
Baby dies after circumcision surgery