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Council of Jews in Germany Awards Pastor Who Defends Circumcision

By: JTA

A German pastor who defended Jews’ rights to ritual circumcision will receive the highest award of the Central Council of Jews in Germany in ceremonies in Berlin Thursday evening.

The awarding of the Leo Baeck Prize will honor Nikolaus Schneider, 66, president of the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany – the country’s main Protestant body – for his support for Jewish life in Germany, his dedication to Israel and his “unconditional solidarity in the circumcision debate” that embroiled the country in 2012.

Schneider defended the right of Jewish circumcision during last year’s attempt by activists to bar ritual circumcision, helped by a May 2012 ruling that criminalized non-medical circumcision in Cologne.

Schneider decried the Cologne ruling as criminalization of an age-old religious practice and said that this “attack on Jewish identity” upset him “greatly, given history, and our German history with Jewry.”

Last December, Germany passed of a law affirming the right to religious circumcision of boys and setting medical standards to be met by mohels.

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5 Responses to “Council of Jews in Germany Awards Pastor Who Defends Circumcision”

  1. They should read from Paul of Tarsus of what he said regarding the circumcision.

  2. I thought circumcision was standard on most boys born in the civilized world, but they wanted to outlaw the practice just among Jews? What's next? A ban on Jewish comedians? If we don't stop the madness now, we may not be laughing later.

  3. Ron Low says:

    Most iof the world (over 95%) does not circumcise children. Circumcision alters sex dramatically. Informed adults can decide for themselves.

  4. Ron Low says:

    OF COURSE a pastor standing in league with circumcisers is NOT altruistic. He's hoping to deflect all attacks on religious ritual lest anyone take a swipe at the scam the good pastor is running.

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