June 26, 2012
Throw the Jew Down the Well!
The District Court of Cologne, Germany, has just outlawed circumcision:
Parents having their sons circumcised can be brought before a judge for causing bodily injury, even if they did so for religious reasons, a regional court in Germany has ruled....
Following the judgment by the District Court of Cologne, neither the rights of parents nor the constitutional freedom of religion can justify interventions such as circumcision, according to Financial Times Deutschland, which first reported the story....
University of Passau jurist Holm Putzke told the FTD the decision could have far-reaching ramifications.
“As opposed to many politicians, the court was not deterred by fears of being criticized for anti-Semitism or hostility toward religion,” he said. “This decision could not only influence future jurisdiction, it could also lead the relevant religions to change their attitude with respect to the fundamental nature of children’s rights.” [Emphasis added. -- DaH]
One would think that Deutschland, of all countries, would think a second or third time before banning a central tenet of Judaism (and Islam) that long, long predates the existance of the nation of "Germany."
What comes next? Will Germany also ban the kosher laws as an unconscionable intervention into the fundamental nature of children's prandial and gustatory rights? I mean, what kind of parent could deny his offspring the joys of a nice ham-and-cheese sandwich, wrapped in a napkin composed of mixed linen and wool?
Some might see this as a preview of things to come, once we join all of the international agreements that trans-national "citizens of the world" -- such as a certain Big Stick -- have desperately foisted upon the formerly exceptional American people.
But maybe it's just I!
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, June 26, 2012, at the time of 2:33 PM
The following hissed in response by: levi from queens
Oddly to me, virtually all of the comments at Times of Israel were in favor of the ban. Many of them seem to have come from anti-circumcision activists in San Francisco. FWIW, I have looked into the medical arguments for and against for my three sons and found no compelling argument either way -- which seems to me to leave it to parental disretion.
The following hissed in response by: seePea
This is not going to cause Jews or Muslims to
change their attitude with respect to the fundamental nature of children’s rights. If Cologne refuses to allow circumcisions they will just go to another city to have them done. Worse comes to worse, the Jews will leave Cologne all together. It has happened before.
As for the kosher slaughter - where have you been? There are many laws that get proposed each year in various European countries to ban shechita and it would effect Muslims as well.
No problem for Jews with the wool-and-linen napkin being around a sandwich. It would only be a problem if the napkin was covering a hand.
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