A court in Germany has ruled that parents may not have their children circumcised on religious grounds because it is in fact – Minor bodily harm without consent. The move has angered Muslims and Jews alike who adhere to the Abrahamic Covenant with God; which boils down to something like – In order to feel part of the chosen crowd men must be circumcised.
The physical descendants of Abraham received a token of the Abrahamic Covenant – circumcision. Abraham was told by God in Genesis 17:10 (see notes), “Every man child among you shall be circumcised.” God adds in verse 11, “…it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.”
Strangely, most people are agreed that F.G.M (Female Genital Mutilation) is Haram (Forbidden), yet M.G.M Male Genital Mutilation is perfectly OK. The reason that is generally cited is that it is for religious traditional reasons and therefore “encumbant upon all men” to be circumcised in order to maintain good relations with … GOD.
In Britain in May two men were arrested in Birmingham who were offering F.G.M to Muslims. According to reports upwards of 20 000 women are at risk of FGM in Britain. Depite the furore surrounding FGM, Male Genital Mutliation carrys on regardless. But Germany is waking up to what is a Human rights Issue.
The court in Cologne decided that a legal guardian’s authority over a child does not allow them to subject them to the procedure, which the court called minor bodily harm, reports The Financial Times Deutschland.
Various religious groups have hit back, claiming that it is a restriction of their religious freedoms. It will be very interesting to see how the religious groups respond to this development and whether this ruling will affect other countries attitude towards this practice.