from the Guardian: “For everyone in the government it is absolutely clear that we want to have Jewish and Muslim religious life in Germany,” said Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert. “Circumcision carried out in a responsible manner must be possible in this country without punishment.”
The position of allowing such major child abuse on religious grounds is clearly untenable, the rationale of the faithful appearing to be as follows:
“Circumcision represents the basis for belonging to the Jewish community. It has been practised for 4,000 years and cannot be changed,”- said Pinchas Goldschmidt, the circumcised head of the Circumcised Conference of Circumcised European Rabbis.
“We cannot change” is a basic claim of nearly all organised religions – and the subtext, “we reject, and ultimately will kill you, if you force us to be civilised”.
(Historically it has led to astronomers and many other rational supporters of change being put to death)
If you try and change a religious tradition you shake its sand-based foundations, they cannot take it. So there is only one solution…
Deny these religious groups access to all the benefits of a changed society that have sprung from not practising unchanged Jewish/Muslim?Christian practice for the past 1500 years.
Surely they cannot object to these advanced societies – that have developed refrigeration, the biological sciences, public health, public education, democratic rights, emancipation of slaves and of women – the imposition of their own laws that exclude those who seek to promote child abuse in their society?
So, be Jewish or Muslim traditionalists by all means – but don’t dare to try and claim a right to use our modern western societal health care, education, democratic, sewerage, water, electricity, or social care systems while claiming this right to abuse “because you cannot change” over 4,000 years. We cannot legislate against the existence of Religious insanity, but the law that moves with our developing morality must be embraced or all its benefits eschewed.
I see the Amish in America try and do this – why not all you traditional Hypocritical Jews, Muslims and Christians?