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Circumcision Banned In Germany — Sparks Outrage Among Jews & Muslims

Sun, July 1, 2012 12:00pm EDT by HL Intern 2 Comments
Circumcision Ban

A region court in Germany ruled that parents can now be brought to court for having their sons circumcised even if it is for religious reasons.

District Court of Cologne has said that neither the right of the parents nor the constitutional freedom of religion can justify interventions such as circumcision.

The ruling, which has sparked outrage in Jewish and Muslim communities, has not been commented on by official representatives.

Jewish communities have contacted the Central Council of Jews in Germany, according to The Times of Israel.

“The Central Council will try immediately to receive a written version of the judgement. Only then will it be possible to comment,” read a statement. “We understand the disquiet and we noticed the numerous phone calls and emails of our community members. We will stay involved and keep you updated.”

University of Passu jurist Holm Putzke said, “As opposed to many politicians, the court was not deterred by fears of being criticized for anti-Semitism or hostility toward religion.”

Holm continued saying , that the ruling could lead religions to change their attitude about children’s rights.

The ruling comes as a result of a case where a 4-year-old boy was circumcised by a Muslim doctor and began bleeding two days after the surgery. The boy was then brought to the emergency room.

When the state prosecutor’s office heard of the case they sued leading to this shocking decision.

The ruling stated circumcision was a, “severe and irreversible interference into physical integrity.”

— Caroline Zapatero

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