Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ancient practice for the chop?

I read today that a court in Germany has ruled that the primitive religious ritual of circumcising young boys is actually "bodily harm" and that the child's right to physical integrity trumps religious and parental rights (circumcising young girls is already illegal there).

I whole heartedly agree, once done there's no going back regardless of the later outcomes and choices in the life of the human being the ritual is inflicted on. Unfortunately though whenever this subject comes up we hear lot's of bleating about religious freedom, complete poppycock in my estimation, even if you did believe in some kind of God why on earth would you believe that God makes baby boys uniformly imperfect such that their genitals need to be hacked away at as soon as they're born? The whole thing is so obviously a man-made throwback to a bygone era of human evolution and primitive ethics, when genocide was de-rigour, slavery was just fine and women and children were the property of men on a par with livestock.

There are plenty of life choices parents need to make for their children in the early years of life, most are simply for practical reasons because babies cannot consent. However unnecessary plastic surgery would never be top of my list (or even on my list) unlike the Jews, Christians and Muslims who adhere to these primitive dogmas I don't have faith in faith, that most overrated of all human virtues.


Chairman Bill said...

You mean women and children are no longer our property? Damn!

Steve Borthwick said...

CB, I want a refund!