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History, tradition, religion

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“Death by Circumcision—Religious Freedom or Criminally Negligent Homicide?”

Full article here: http://intactamerica.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/death-by-circumcision-religious-freedom-or-criminally-negligent-homicide/ On March 3, 2012, the New York Daily News reported the death this past September of a two-week-old baby boy, following an ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual. The report came after the newspaper pressed Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn for information, evidently having heard about the death from other sources. The New … Continue reading

Male Circumcision: A Legal Affront

A submission in December 1996 to the Law Commission for England and Wales in response to Consultation Paper Number 139 – Consent in the Criminal Law: http://www.cirp.org/library/legal/price-uklc/

The Circumcision Referendum: A Liberal Jewish Perspective June 9th, 2011

“Orthodox Jews argue that prohibiting the circumcision of children would be a restriction on religious freedom. However, the state has regularly restricted religious freedom when it is felt that such practices would be deleterious to minors. The obvious example is the over-riding of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ban on blood transfusions for their children. The issue … Continue reading

Beyond the Bris

“Welcome to Beyond the Bris, the web-based multimedia project that’s putting real faces and voices to the current Jewish movement against circumcision. This dynamic site is being created by, for and about Jews who are united in our belief that cutting children’s genitals is wrong, regardless of their religion or gender. As our name implies, … Continue reading

The "Anti-Semite" Card No Longer Washes

“As predicted, the current bid to ban circumcision in San Francisco is causing commotion. And, as predicted, religious groups, particularly Jewish organizations, are working hard to condemn the measure as anti-Semitic. It seems circumcision advocates have found the perfect scapegoat, however, and they’re milking it for everything it’s worth. The scapegoat in question is the … Continue reading

Circumcision: A Source of Jewish Pain

“Currently, circumcision is not universal among Jews either inside or outside the United States. The Circumcision Resource Center, a nonprofit educational organization, knows of hundreds of Jews in Europe, South America, and in the United States who either have not or would not circumcise a son. Even in Israel some Jews do not circumcise, and … Continue reading

History of Circumcision

“The practice of male genital mutilation is far older than recorded history. Certainly, it is far older than the Biblical account of Abraham (Genesis 17). It seems to have originated in eastern Africa long before this time.” http://www.cirp.org/library/history/

Chronology of the foreskin and circumcision

A timeline depicting the chronology of the foreskin in animals and humans – from 300 Million BCE to 2003 AD. http://www.historyofcircumcision.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=54

Routine circumcision of normal male infants and boys

“Strictly speaking, it is not the opponents of routine male circumcision who need to make a case against the procedure, but its supporters who must prove its necessity: they need to explain why a natural part of the human body, and one common to all primates, is so dangerous that it must be amputated before … Continue reading

Foreskin or against it?

A humorous article written by a cut man. While very funny in places, it gets the point across by summarizing: “In 100 years, I mused, will circumcision exist only in books that chronicle gruesome medical foibles? Will it be found in the chapter right after leeches?” http://www.salon.com/aug97/mothers/circ970820.html