Virtual Circumcision Ban after Cologne Germany Court Decision: Jewish, Muslims Defend Religion
After a court decision last June in Cologne Germany, ruling that circumcision on a healthy child amounted to bodily harm, there were many repercussions including virtual ban on circumcision throughout the country. This ban brought a reaction from both the Jewish and Muslim communities at the time, with both seeing it as an attack on their religious rights. The original ruling was a based on the medical grounds that circumcision for the purpose of religious upbringing constitutes a violation of physical integrity. While some medical associations both in Germany and America aren't against circumcision there are many doctors in Europe who wouldn't agree. On a European level the issue is fundamentally one of conflicting human rights, the right of physical integrity and the right to practice the religion of ones choice.