A week ago the German Court in the city of Cologne ruled illegal all male circumcisions whose recipients are not old enough to give their personal consent. This from Reuters:
The court in the western city of Cologne handed down the decision on Tuesday in the case of a doctor prosecuted for circumcising a four-year-old Muslim boy who had to be treated two days later for post-operative bleeding.
It ruled involuntary religious circumcision should be made illegal because it could inflict serious bodily harm on people who had not consented to it.
However the ruling, which applies only to the Cologne area, said boys who consciously decided to be circumcised could have the operation. No age restriction was given, or any more specific details.
The doctor, who was prosecuted after the hospital doctor who treated the boy for bleeding called police, was acquitted as there was no law banning religious circumcision at the time.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany called the ruling an “unprecedented and dramatic intrusion” of the right to religious freedom and an “outrageous and insensitive” act.
“Circumcision for young boys is a solid component of the Jewish religion and has been practiced worldwide for millennia. This religious right is respected in every country around the world,” President Dieter Graumann said in a statement.
The Central Council of Muslims in Germany called the sentence a “blatant and inadmissible interference” in the rights of parents.
“Freedom of religion is highly valued in our constitution and cannot be the play-thing of a one-dimensional case law which, furthermore, consolidates existing prejudices and stereotypes,” it said in a statement.
According to the court ruling, “the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighs the fundamental rights of the parents”.
“The child’s body is permanently and irreparably changed by the circumcision. This change runs counter to the interests of the child, who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life,” it said.
Read the rest here.
That last quote from the court bears repeating:
“The child’s body is permanently and irreparably changed by the circumcision. This change runs counter to the interests of the child, who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.”
The courts would have Jews and Muslims raise their children free from the formative traditions and ethos that characterize their specific ethical and moral formation until adulthood. Are Christians next?
It simply beggars the imagination that a German Court would have issued such an anti-semitic decree. Their protestations about health run counter to a mountain of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicate otherwise. For the Germans who would use pseudoscience to advance their malignant anti-semitism, here are some quotes from the CDC fact sheet on male circumcision:
Male Circumcision and Risk for HIV Transmission
Several types of research have documented that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of HIV acquisition by men during penile-vaginal sex.
Compared with the dry external skin surface, the inner mucosa of the foreskin has less keratinization (deposition of fibrous protein), a higher density of target cells for HIV infection (Langerhans cells), and is more susceptible to HIV infection than other penile tissue in laboratory studies . The foreskin may also have greater susceptibility to traumatic epithelial disruptions (tears) during intercourse, providing a portal of entry for pathogens, including HIV . In addition, the microenvironment in the preputial sac between the unretracted foreskin and the glans penis may be conducive to viral survival . Finally, the higher rates of sexually transmitted genital ulcerative disease, such as syphilis, observed in uncircumcised men may also increase susceptibility to HIV infection .
International Observational Studies
A systematic review and meta-analysis that focused on male circumcision and heterosexual transmission of HIV in Africa was published in 2000 . It included 19 cross-sectional studies, 5 case-control studies, 3 cohort studies, and 1 partner study. A substantial protective effect of male circumcision on risk for HIV infection was noted, along with a reduced risk for genital ulcer disease. After adjustment for confounding factors in the population-based studies, the relative risk for HIV infection was 44% lower in circumcised men. The strongest association was seen in men at high risk, such as patients at sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics, for whom the adjusted relative risk was 71% lower for circumcised men.
Another review that included stringent assessment of 10 potential confounding factors and was stratified by study type or study population was published in 2003 . Most of the studies were from Africa. Of the 35 observational studies in the review, the 16 in the general population had inconsistent results. The one large prospective cohort study in this group showed a significant protective effect: the odds of infection were 42% lower for circumcised men . The remaining 19 studies were conducted in populations at high risk. These studies found a consistent, substantial protective effect, which increased with adjustment for confounding. Four of these were cohort studies: all demonstrated a protective effect, with two being statistically significant.
There’s much more at the link.
Perhaps the German High Court will rule in this case. Meanwhile, the assault on religion continues unabated. In Germany, the Courts played a central role in advancing the Nazi eugenics program which was so vital in desensitizing the people when it came time to give the “final solution to the problem of the Jewish question.” In light of the German court’s deadly legacy, it behooves German justice to police their own.