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European Anti-Circumcision Resolution: Brit Same as Female Mutilation

Practices covered by the resolution include female genital mutilation and the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons.
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A resolution that calls male ritual circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children” was passed overwhelmingly by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The council, a pan-European intergovernmental organization, debated and passed the resolution on Tuesday based on a report by the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development led by German rapporteur Marlene Rupperecht. The resolution passed by a vote of 78 in favor and 13 against, with 15 abstentions.

The resolution calls on states to “clearly define the medical, sanitary and other conditions to be ensured for practices such as the non-medically justified circumcision of young boys.”

It also calls on member states to “initiate a public debate, including intercultural and interreligious dialogue, aimed at reaching a large consensus on the rights of children to protection against violations of their physical integrity according to human rights standards” and to “adopt specific legal provisions to ensure that certain operations and practices will not be carried out before a child is old enough to be consulted.”

Practices covered by the resolution include female genital mutilation, the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, early childhood medical interventions in the case of intersexual children, corporal punishment, and the submission to or coercion of children into piercings, tattoos or plastic surgery.

Large majorities rejected five amendments that sought to remove or alter references to the circumcision of boys. An amendment that removed a reference to the “religious rights of parents and families” was supported by a large majority of members.

“Although the adoption of this report is non-binding and does not represent any direct threat to milah, we are troubled at the readiness of the Parliamentary Assembly to dismiss the points made during the debate about religious freedom,” the Milah UK organization told JTA.

The ritual circumcision of boys younger than 18 has come under attack increasingly in Scandinavia and German-speaking European countries both by left-wing secularists and right-wingers who fear the influence of immigration from Muslim countries.

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20 Responses to “European Anti-Circumcision Resolution: Brit Same as Female Mutilation”

  1. yzshap says:

    I guess Europe wants its Jew’s to leave. However, what will it do with its Muslim population?

  2. Signs of the times. Hatred of Jews is growing there. This is one of the things done by all previous governmental structures in the past as a prelude to open attacks on the life & lives of Jews. Time to get out of the exile & GO HOME!

  3. Yechiel Baum says:

    With the Eu so worried about self mutilization, they should outlaw:
    piercing
    tattoos
    wild hair styles

  4. Yechiel Baum says:

    With the Eu so worried about self mutilization, they should outlaw:
    piercing
    tattoos
    wild hair styles

  5. Anonymous says:

    the only thing mutilated is the EU's sense of right and wrong

  6. DavidSchwartz2 says:

    It is time to read the handwriting on the wall. The EU wants to be Judenrein. Now is the time to get out while getting out is still possible,. Divest and move to Israel where circumcision is not likely to be outlawed. Let the EU deal with the Islamic invasion and government takeover.

  7. Bert Schlossberg says:

    The EU couldn't care less about the meaning of circumcision or what backs it up -the command and promises of God. All that is water out the window. Speaking of water out the window, the EU could soon move on, for the same hollowness of soul, to the banning of the water of baptism – as that too subjects that infant to a violation of rights and dignity and may drown him. The EU has lost all moorings and the storm is coming

  8. Lloyd Bergner says:

    The ritual of circumcision is a time-honored ritual that dates back to the Covenant between our Patriarch Abraham and G-D. It will continue long after the dissolution of the EU. It is interesting to note that the individual countries comprising the EU always had an anti-Jew agenda..so..what's new?

  9. yzshap says:

    WilliamOrtego I don’t interfere in your lack of religion. Stay away from mine. ******, Is it better to be circumcised at 8 day’s or age 21?

  10. When was the last time a baby circumcised itself?

  11. WilliamOrtego says:

    yzshap WilliamOrtego receives*

  12. That's an interesting comparison.. infant baptism. But in my religion, we actually don't baptize infants. Baptism is done when the person is old enough to understand what it symbolizes and then chooses it based on a decision of faith.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=818040149441&l=1642d17efa

  13. Yechiel, I really think they already outlaw tattoos on infants..or forcing a tattoo on someone who can't consent. right? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=818040149441&l=1642d17efa

  14. MeganRishDoss says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem – attacking the arguer instead of the argument

  15. Juan Andrés Alzate says:

    It's about consent. And the resolution speaks against coerced tattooing and piercing of underage children (such as is done in the Coptic religion)

  16. dreamerleoguy says:

    yzshap Muslims circumcise boys too. And in some cases girls.

  17. Travis Hartl says:

    Religion poisons everything.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Lloyd Bergner your an idiot.

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