German court’s circumcision ban for young boys meets wave of criticism

June 29, 2012

(German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle speaks during the 14th Kronberg Talks Open Forum in Istanbul May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Osman Orsal )

Germany’s foreign minister has added his voice  to a chorus of criticism of a court decision to ban the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, arguing that such traditions must be permitted in a tolerant society.

“Germany is an open-minded, tolerant country where religious freedom is firmly established and religious traditions like circumcision are considered an expression of religious pluralism,” Guido Westerwelle told the daily Bild in an interview published in its Friday edition (here in German).

A court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday that involuntary religious circumcision should be illegal as it could inflict serious bodily harm on people who had not consented to it.

The ruling, which applies only to the area around the western city of Cologne but sparked fears among Muslims and Jews in particular that other German states could copy the ban, said boys can consciously decide to be circumcised later in life.

According to the court ruling, “the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighs the fundamental rights of the parents”.

Westerwelle said the ruling caused “irritation” around the world after being reported in the international media.

Read the full story by Elisa Oddone here.
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Hey, but more so the German court’s circumcision ban for young boys meets wave of APPROVAL!!

How does any one disagree with the point that amputating nerves, blood vessels, protective covering and pleasure zones is bodily HARM?

Finally a country is standing up for the basic human right of a human to keep all of his sensory system, all of his nerves, all of his blood vessels, protective covering and pleasure zones.

Other countries should follow this lead. Baby boy penis parts removal should be considered illegal NOW in the United States under the 1996 federal law banning genital cutting — 14th Amendment equal protection clause.

Those saying that preventing the cutting off of penis parts of a baby boy violates the cutter’s freedom of religion, are way out there in irrational land. One’s religion ends where their knife touches another human’s body. The idea that another human’s ritual (rite) trumps ones right to body parts is insane and creepy. Baby boy penis parts removal cuts off thousands of fine touch and stretch nerves. This is like disconnecting the fingertips, nipples or lips from the brain. No human should be subjected to sensory system harm as well as a forced decrease of sexual function and PLEASURE for life!

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