Religious circumcision is child abuse

Ban Religious Circumcision

The protection of children is a universal characteristic in a civilised society. We recognise the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of a child as one of the most serious crimes and make strenuous efforts to identify and severely punish perpetrators. And yet one crime is repeated day after day, year after year but goes unrecognised, that crime is genital mutilation for the purpose of religious identity. Just as the Jewish and other victims of the Nazi regime in Germany were tattooed with identification numbers so tens of thousands of infants are routinely mutilated in order to satisfy the “obligation” of religious faith.

The practice of FGM “cutting” out the sexual organs of young girls has finally been recognised as grotesque but the removal of the foreskin of infant boys is no less an abuse albeit without some of the more profound consequences. Male circumcision is sometimes necessary for medical reasons but for the vast majority it is done as part of religious ritual. There can be no moral justification for this practice; it is simply part of the grand scheme that serves to perpetuate a particular religious faith. It is a cruel irony that the primary instigators of male circumcision, Judaism and Islam are in almost continuous conflict with each other.

So called scholars of either faith will offer religious justification for the practice and also claim other benefits like improved hygiene which has proved to be utterly false. In a secular society the rights of all faiths and none should be equally respected but this should never allow the human rights of individuals, especially children, to be ignored in the pursuit of religious faith, there should be no exemptions from our laws on account of religious belief or cultural practice. There are of course large numbers of people who subscribe to these faiths and governments in the developed world are afraid of challenging religious belief and ritual which some will also share personally but until they do we cannot call ourselves a civilised society.

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  1. With their calculated, deceptive rhetoric, the perpetrators of this atrocity attempt to draw links between an obvious horror and positive abstractions such as “tradition”, “religion”, “science”, “medicine”, and “hygiene”. The documents and essays on http://www.SexuallyMutilatedChild.org, however, expose this charade and show what the sexual mutilation of children is really about: envy, lust, hatred, male sexual rivalry, sadism, criminal psychopathology, desperation, ruthlessness, power, control, oppression, violence, contempt for humanity, and greed.

    It is about time that more human rights activists followed this lead and refused to play the circumcisers’ game of evading the real issues. Circumcision is not really about medicine or public health. Circumcision is not really about preventing or curing any disease. Circumcisers are not mistaken in their medical beliefs; they are lying. Circumcision advocacy is really about weaving a
    convincing network of lies to deflect the attention of the public and the criminal justice system from the frightening truth that circumcisers are really criminally deranged, psychotic, knife-wielding maniacs driven by psychopathic obsessions and compulsions that most people could never understand.

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    Infant Circumcision: Crime Against Humanity

    It’s time someone said it, loud and clear: that infant circumcision — including so-called “religious” infant circumcision — is an atrocity and a fraud; that it’s a brutal, perverse, outrageous violation of a helpless human being’s right to his own body; that it’s child sexual abuse in its most vicious, most destructive, most cunningly disguised form; that it literally censors a child’s life — kills part of the child — even if he never realizes it, because it severs him from a uniquely specialized, uniquely sensitive means of perceiving,
    experiencing, sharing and enjoying his existence; that the reasons given to justify it are myths and lies; that it’s the ugliest, saddest, most sickening scandal in the history of medicine and an infamy to societies that tolerate it and to institutions that sanctify it; and that anyone involved even remotely with cutting, tearing, crushing or burning off the foreskins of babies — or anyone else by force, coercion or deceit — is as guilty of causing human suffering as the monsters of Auschwitz and in the name of humanity should be
    exposed, confronted, stopped, brought to trial, and imprisoned.

    Regardless of anyone’s “reason” for circumcising a baby, the fact remains that infant circumcision is foreskin amputation by force — the deliberate, irreversible destruction of a normal, natural, functional part of someone else’s body — living, protective, erogenous tissue that is rightfully his and that he instinctively wants to keep intact — at a time in his life when he can’t
    understand what is being done to him — or why — and can’t speak for or protect himself.

    Infant circumcision is, in other words, human vivisection — legalized, institutionalized, sanctified human vivisection.

    Reason and attempts at persuasion will not deter those who, driven by the compulsion to destroy what they secretly envy but can never have, and desperate to make their own tortured partial penises seem normal — and for who knows what other god-awful reasons — persist so relentlessly in defending, promoting,
    misrepresenting and performing this crippling, disfiguring mutilation.

    The birthright of males — ALL males — to keep all of the penis they are born with must therefore be secured by law.

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