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Yes, circumcision is bad

Yes, circumcision is badJewish groups, which keep a low profile on Iran and other really important issues, have mobilized to fight a proposed ban on circumcision in San Francisco.

In a secular state, we believe, they are wrong and the proponents of the ban are right. Jews argue that the ban violates freedom of religion. Nonsense. Adults are free to practice their religious beliefs to their own detriment, but not to the detriment of their children. Thus, the time-honored religious practice of sacrificing children would surely be outlawed. An eight-day-old child cannot be said to enjoy freedom of religion. In a secular state, he must be able to choose his own religion when grown up rather than having one imprinted on him by his parents.

Jews do not circumcise for health reasons. We circumcised even when the surgery was dangerous. A commandment observed for any reason other than fear of God is not counted as observed. So by circumcision we do not seek to confer health benefits on our children. In the world of modern hygiene there is no conceivable health advantage to circumcision, and it quite possibly leads to sexual disadvantages.

Overall, circumcision means harm to the child because of his parents’ religious beliefs. Often the parents are atheists, and harm their child simply as a matter of tradition.

We must observe commandments whether they are good or bad for us or for others. And so we must circumcise our children even though it is probably bad for them. But we cannot expect a secular state to uphold that right.

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Are you out of your mind. Freedom of religion is one of the most important laws we have and circumsision dose not risk the life of the child. There for leave it alone. As well as I child being allowed to grow up and choose their own religion, it is the parents responsibility to either introduce or not to introduce religion to the child not the Secular states right, job, or responsibility to think, comment, or intrude into this area of ones life. I say to the government you have do enough already, stay out of our lives and religion.

phillip gresham 22 May 2011

Philip: Circumcision is not life-threatening today, but neither it is clearly beneficial and very likely it is detrimental. In a secular state, parents cannot force a religion on their child.
This is not to imply that we should leave our children uncircumcised, but to point out fundamental incompatibility between secularism and Jewish values.

admin 22 May 2011

Of course, there should be no circumcision in Sodom and Gomorra!

Norman Beck Ottawa,Ontario 23 May 2011

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