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Should Child Circumcision Be Allowed?

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Circumcision has been a religious tradition for many years, but has often been the subject of controversy because of the effect it could potentially have on children. On Tuesday, a German court ruled that child circumcision can be classified as "grievous bodily harm." The issue went to court when a 4-year-old boy began bleeding profusely as the result of a circumcision. Naturally, religious communities that practice circumcision are upset.

The court ruled, "[The] fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents ... The religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised, if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised."

In response, the head of the Central Committee of Jews said the ruling is "an unprecedented and dramatic intervention in the right of religious communities to self-determination ... [an] outrageous and insensitive act. Circumcision of newborn boys is a fixed part of the Jewish religion and has been practiced worldwide for centuries."


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  • xcheshirecat 2012/06/28 23:19:19
    No
    xcheshirecat
    +41
    religious freedom is about the baby's religion. I don't see how he can have one at that age...

    Baby have the right, like any other human, of body integrity

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  • Steamtrain Navin J... 2013/04/05 02:26:50
    Steamtrain
    Try it, maybe you'll like it. Don't say I didn't warn you. Let me know if you enjoyed it. What if your surgeon slips and cuts off your questionble manhood? Enjoy...
  • Navin J... Steamtrain 2013/04/05 02:54:07 (edited)
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    i was already cut at birth tyvm. and i am glad i was. and what is this sexual mutilation crap your talking about? and i wasn't harmed btw. and torture,yeah right,i don't even remember the procedure. i love how people exaggerate.
  • Steamtrain Navin J... 2013/04/18 14:11:00
    Steamtrain
    I was not cut at birth. Fortunately, baby memories don't last, as in your case. My brother had the proceedure when he was born and related to me he had sexual problems because of lack of sensitivity in his penis. And I do not exaggerate.
  • bugzdood 2012/07/03 10:07:09
    No
    bugzdood
    +8
    Circumcision is a irreversible unnecessary surgery that harms people for the rest of their lives, emotionally, and in bed. I wish I could kill the horrible doctor that cut my foreskin and get it back.
  • Michael... bugzdood 2012/07/04 05:10:47
    Michael Rose
    +1
    I feel the same way.
  • Michael... bugzdood 2012/07/04 05:13:31
    Michael Rose
    Help support restoring genital integrity through regenerative medicine: www.foregen.org
  • Navin J... bugzdood 2012/07/11 13:07:24
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    you want it back? i don't think they have it anymore lol
  • Navin J... bugzdood 2012/08/14 19:15:05
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    that's the most ridiculous thing i ever heard...figures...your from california...waiting anxiously for cali to fall into the sea
  • Navin J... bugzdood 2012/08/14 19:16:58
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    your parents gave the dr. permission to do that
  • Navin J... bugzdood 2013/04/05 02:55:45
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    i am most certainly not harmed for the rest of my life. and you wish you could kill the doc? are you kidding me?
  • Shams Tahir 2012/07/03 08:23:49
    Yes
    Shams Tahir
    +1
    from the point of Muslim Ummah, this is SUNAH, it mean that that there is a reason behind this issue/ Topic. so for more discription or details u need to study Islam
  • mmmholl... Shams T... 2012/07/03 15:17:46
    mmmhollywould
    +6
    The reasons are outdated.
  • ~Here C... Shams T... 2012/07/04 09:13:32
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +1
    in islam.. i cant remember the whole story but you shouldnt change your body, like get tattoo's, same difference! so the foreskin shouldnt get took off either...
  • Ameera 2012/07/03 06:35:27
    Yes
    Ameera
    +1
    some people have to do it, its not forced on anyone
  • Oblahblah Ameera 2012/07/03 13:17:49
    Oblahblah
    +6
    It is forced when it is done as an infant. The infant doesn't usually get much choice in the matter.
  • Ameera Oblahblah 2012/07/04 05:28:28
    Ameera
    +1
    yes but at that age ur parents have the right to do what they want with their baby.
    its nothing harmfull, its actually hygienic, so i personally dont see anything wrong with it.
    getting a babies ears pierced leaves more mark than this, and people do that all the time.
  • Fgerger... Ameera 2012/07/04 20:34:26
    Fgergergrergr
    +1
    I am not OK with getting babies ears pieced either, but at least it doesn't involve cutting off 20,000 Meissner's corpuscles (fine touch) nerve endings.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • ladyjade3 Ameera 2012/07/05 02:42:28
    ladyjade3
    +4
    Oh yeah? Try cutting off your baby's arm if you think you get to do what you want with your own baby. Society will have something to say about that.
  • Navin J... ladyjade3 2013/04/05 02:58:29
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    wow. comparing cutting off an arm compared to a piece of skin...
  • Oblahblah Ameera 2012/07/06 13:58:42
    Oblahblah
    +1
    Your claiming it's hygienic doesn't make it so. Parents should not have the right to mame or dismember their infant or child under any circumstances. Comparing ear piercing a baby (which I am also against) to removing skin from a boys penis is very far fetched. Boys are born with the perfect penis. Why do parents think they can improve on God's perfection?
  • Navin J... Oblahblah 2013/04/05 02:59:34
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    now people are using the word "dismember" for circumcisions??? stop making it sound so much more dramatic then it really is.
  • erikacr... Ameera 2012/07/06 19:35:38
    erikacrooks
    +1
    Really? So I can punch my baby in the head? Punt it across the room? Get it tattooed? Why not, it's my kid and I'll do whatever I want to it. Awesome logic.
  • Navin J... Oblahblah 2013/04/05 02:57:29
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    better it happens then instead of when the infant becomes an old man and can't properly care for himself.
  • mmmholl... Ameera 2012/07/03 15:18:02
    mmmhollywould
    +4
    It is certainly forced on babies!
  • ansarimax Ameera 2012/07/03 18:44:19
    ansarimax
    Bt it is compulsory for muslim Lad
  • Oblahblah ansarimax 2012/07/03 19:20:10
    Oblahblah
    +3
    Which is really sad.
  • ~Here C... ansarimax 2012/07/03 23:14:44
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +2
    i think they should have a choice when he grows up!! its not fair having to give a baby unessential pain... they dont know better!
  • Navin J... ~Here C... 2013/04/05 03:00:06
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    +1
    thank god i didn't have a choice,i would hate to have that done now.
  • ~Here C... Navin J... 2013/04/05 11:33:22
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    Yeah, it's your own body..... You should have a choice.
  • Joshua ... ansarimax 2012/07/04 14:22:05
    Joshua Shaffer
    actually no it's not.
  • Lew Richards 2012/07/03 00:53:56
    Yes
    Lew Richards
    ONLY IF THEY HAVE A PENIS!
  • mmmholl... Lew Ric... 2012/07/03 15:18:14
  • piscespoet 2012/07/03 00:28:12
    Yes
    piscespoet
    +1
    And not just for its religious freedoms but for the health implications as well. Yes, it hurts, but I had a firend who had it done later in life and he probably had it worse than simply getting it done as a newborn since recall is far better then. (Although there is a school of thought that contends this is why men are so careful in that particular region)
  • Oblahblah piscespoet 2012/07/03 13:21:38
    Oblahblah
    +2
    At least your friend had the choice to do it later in life. A lot of American boys don't get an option as to whether they want to have this done. Everyone should have the option to make an informed decision at an age appropriate time.
  • Navin J... Oblahblah 2013/04/05 03:00:59 (edited)
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    having your own choices isn't always good. and i'm sure there are PLENTY of men that were glad they were cut at birth. and i bet the far outnumber then men who aren't glad they were.
  • mmmholl... piscespoet 2012/07/03 15:18:53
    mmmhollywould
    +3
    What health implications. Answer to health implications: WASH http://www.blogster.com/mmmho...
  • Walter Harris 2012/07/02 20:59:14
    Yes
    Walter Harris
    +3
    it is cleaner and healthier than not because that skin can hide a lot of germs and dirt
  • AmiHone... Walter ... 2012/07/02 22:28:51
    AmiHoneycutt
    +9
    so do finger and toe nails...why not ripe those off too
  • Navin J... AmiHone... 2013/04/05 03:02:22
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    ummm,normally those are trimmed.
  • mmmholl... Walter ... 2012/07/03 15:19:08

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