Notepad on Life

July 4, 2012

Circumcision verdict highlights secularist stance that won’t cut both ways

Filed under: foreign,Health,Kids,Religion — - @ 9:00 am
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Circumcision knife

Circumcision knife (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)

As a Anglican Protestant, I know little of the rules and culture surrounding circumcision, so when Norway’s enthusiasm to see the practice banned is followed by last week’s ruling from a German court that the circumcision of a Muslim boy was illegal, my concern is tempered by a desire to let the dust settle and see how this works out in practice, particularly in the light of this article by a Jew and also a comment from Holm Putzke, the  German law professor whose articles on the theme were said to have influenced the court’s verdict.

“I’ve received thousands of emails in the past few days, from all over the world,” he said. “The most remarkable thing is that the emails from Israel were the most balanced and moderate.”

Could it be, I wonder, that this ruling may be pushing at more of an open door among those closest to the subject than we outsiders realise?

In passing, however, one observation does have to be made.

“What you do in your church is your business,” goes the popular secularist mantra. “Just don’t go imposing it on me.”

A deal to which I personally will be happy to sign up, just as soon as I see some evidence that it works both ways.


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