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Norwegian pediatrician Anne Linboe, the country's child welfare adviser, represents one of the world's greatest dangers to Judaism.

The anti-circumcision bill in Norway, which the country’s foreign minister vows will not become law, is being pushed by the country’s child welfare adviser who wants Jews and Muslims to understand that causing pain is tantamount to a sin far worse than violating the Jewish law of circumcision.

New legislation on non-medical circumcision of boys under 18 is scheduled to be introduced before mid-April.

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“With good information about risk, pain and lack of health benefits of the intervention, I think parents from minorities would voluntarily abstain from circumcising children,” Anne Lindboe, Norway’s Children’s Ombudsmen, told the Norwegian Aftenpost daily last week.

Her claims are questionable to say the least, but lest she be accused of trying to negate religious practice, she has a solution to those Jews who insists on upholding the ritual that is the physical bond among Jews since Abraham and which is the bond with God, for which Jews have been cursed and killed.

Her solution, reported here, is simply to perform a “symbolic ritual,” presumably one in which the baby will not cry, God forbid.

It would be easy to criticize her for ignorance of Judaism, but why expect a non-Jewish pediatrician from one of the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe to understand Jewish law and belief?

Lindboe is a pediatrician. She has seen children abused and even killed by parents, some of them mentally disturbed, drunk or simply wicked, and she puts them in the same basket as normal parents who circumcise their baby boys.

“We introduced a law on violence against children even though we had reason to believe that individuals would still be beaten and mistreated,” she told the newspaper,, dismissing concerns raised in Norwegian media that a ban on ritual circumcision would mean that parents would perform it illegally.

“If 15 years is set as the minimum age, we expect Norwegian parents follow and respect the law,” said Lindboe, a longtime advocate of the criminalization of ritual circumcision, which she considers a form of abuse and infringement of children’s rights to “physical integrity.”

“I think it’s disrespectful towards minorities to assume that they are going to break the law,” she added, showing an unbelievable ignorance of the very concept of any religion.

Her thinking, so to speak, reflects a modern and sterile philosophy that there is no such thing as “religious law” if a government views it as wrong.

Her attitude also reflects a modern view, often Christian, that no one has to suffer in life. Smile, have a nice day and don’t struggle with everyday difficulties that cause pain.

It is the same type of bleeding heart mentality that is behind “engagement” with monsters like Syrian President Bassar al-Assad and with masters of evil, such as the Islamic regime in Iran.

Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish Community of Oslo, told JTA he did not expect her campaign to lead to a ban on ritual circumcision in Norway. The country’s new Foreign Minister Børge Brende has promised the Simon Wiesenthal Center that “the Norwegian Government recognizes the importance of ritual male circumcision for the Jewish community in Norway…[and] it will not propose a ban on ritual circumcision.”

Regardless of whether Norway keeps its promise, the anti-circumcision campaign is alive and well around the world, even  though Germany passed legislation last year to protect Jews and Muslims’ right to circumcise their children.

As reported here and here, the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly passed a non-binding resolution to ban ritual circumcision.

Some politicians in Quebec, a long-time bastion of anti-Semitism, have floated the idea of a ban.

Jews in Quebec have no fear of a ban, but more worrisome is the thinking, or lack of thinking, in which intelligent people want to see the world as the cover of a Saturday Evening Post magazine from the 1950s, or as a Woodstock festival, where no one has to struggle and everyone lives in complacence.

The problem with the dream world is that it leaves it defenseless against the Assads and Ayatollahs.

Linboe’s “no pain” world  that she wants to replace religious circumcision, about which she knows only a bit of the physical side and less than nothing about the metaphysical side, is a world that pretends evil does not exist and therefore does not have to be fought.

The Wiesenthal Center has said about all of the campaigns to ban circumcision, “Historically, such draconian actions were taken by tyrants, dictators and mass murderers. Today we are confronted with such initiatives being proposed and passed in democracies.”

The results are the same, but that doesn’t matter to the anti-circumcision crowd. The only thing that matters is that they don’t feel the pain when an Iranian or Hezbollah nuclear bomb blows up in their back yard.

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112 COMMENTS

  1. Sad that Norway’s Children’s Ombudsman is so misinformed , that she could come to this preposterous conclusion , that brit milah is in any way , harmful to a male child. Perhaps it is not really misinformation that leads her to her views ……it is as the spokesperson of the Wiesenthal Centre states : basically her views are thinly coated with a pseudo scientific gloss , grafted onto a very infected anti Semitic stem.

  2. Sad that Norway's Children's Ombudsman is so misinformed , that she could come to this preposterous conclusion , that brit milah is in any way , harmful to a male child. Perhaps it is not really misinformation that leads her to her views ……it is as the spokesperson of the Wiesenthal Centre states : basically her views are thinly coated with a pseudo scientific gloss , grafted onto a very infected anti Semitic stem.

  3. And next prohibit vaginal birth on the same grounds? All that squeezing has got to be uncomfortable, right? C-sections for everyone? Oh and I'll bet the little buggers let out an occasional yelp when dear old Anne sticks their tukas with a DPT shot. Call the 'Norwegian Baby Pain Police'! …….What a load of horse by-product….

  4. send the dear doctor statistics about AIDS prevention in Africa and circumstances, the connection between cancer of the Uterus in women and almost zero for Jewish women etc etc.

  5. This issue is picking up a lot of steam. I don't buy it. Buy it as a humanitarian concern. I was circumcised of course; as a Jew. Don't cry for me. I don't think that I have decreased sexual pleasure, not that I would know. No, my rights were not violated. There are bigger problems in this world–in my own life. Most Jews, unless they are the type that thinks that Israel is occupied land–most Jews understand that this is thinly veiled antisemitism. And that is all that it is.

  6. The laugh of the stupidity have a face … Give me a break … Pfft Go dreal with your muslim first and try to educate them to be civilised , jews have a bigger experiece than you on this field … Honestly , the world is almost blowing up and this wants to give a lesson to a communauty that have almost 6000 yrs of existance and experience on this field… ….

  7. I am a Muslim, a simple Muslim. So I shall say this: If God had intended men to be circumcised, why did he give them foreskins? Circumcision is not mentioned in the QRN. God has already made us perfect "We created man in the best design" [95:4] .Muslims believe the QRN. If they don't, they are not Muslims, are they?

  8. As we start the celebration of Hannukah remember there have been others in history who have wanted to do the same thing as this woman. But the Jewish people have prevailed. Hannukah Sameach!

  9. Why did God create foreskins? So that Jews could perform the brit milah. If He had not created foreskins, then He could not have given Abraham and his descendants the commandment to circumcise themselves and their sons at eight days.

  10. Most Jews including all shades of Orthodox do not know why there is circumision! The Almighty commands US (Genesis 17:11)”The sign of the Covenant shall be circumision” What is the Covenant? HASHEM the Almighty gives us all land,”In that day the Almighty made a Covenant with Abraham,to your children I give this land from the River of Egypt to the great River the Euphrates”(Genesis 15:18) Only the Jews are in this Covenant! “For only through Isaac will they be considered your offspring(Gensis21:12) Full article appears on the website vaadharabbonim.com Also, WATCH Judaism Every Wednesday New York Time 10:00Am & 6:00Pm go to bcat.tv Scroll to the bottom ComunityMedia then click Brooklyn Public Network Click on the arrow in channel 2 In addition, mnn.org Thursday 12;00 noon New YorkTime go to 4 Judaism and click watch now..

  11. As we start the celebration of Hannukah remember there have been others in history who have wanted to do the same thing as this woman. But the Jewish people have prevailed. Hannukah Sameach!

  12. Most Jews including all shades of Orthodox do not know why there is circumision! The Almighty commands US (Genesis 17:11)"The sign of the Covenant shall be circumision" What is the Covenant? HASHEM the Almighty gives us all land,"In that day the Almighty made a Covenant with Abraham,to your children I give this land from the River of Egypt to the great River the Euphrates"(Genesis 15:18) Only the Jews are in this Covenant! "For only through Isaac will they be considered your offspring(Gensis21:12) Full article appears on the website vaadharabbonim.com Also, WATCH Judaism Every Wednesday New York Time 10:00Am & 6:00Pm go to bcat.tv Scroll to the bottom ComunityMedia then click Brooklyn Public Network Click on the arrow in channel 2 In addition, mnn.org Thursday 12;00 noon New YorkTime go to 4 Judaism and click watch now..

  13. You sound hysterical. I live in America, where your practice has leaked onto the rest of us non-Jews, so we’re saddled with your disfigured penis notion, too. I’m far from being anti-Semitic; but, you can’t hide this backwards practice behind God. It’s just the penis, not the entire religion. And yes, I’m not a Jew; but, I’ve had this barbaric, backwards, unnecessary procedure performed on me without my consent, so excuse me if I’m not sympathetic to you wanting to disfigure little boys.

  14. It is a shame that a "first-world" country would allow such a blatant aggression towards minorities. As to this doctor person I am sure she decided to ignore two medical facts: on the 8th day of life babies have a diminished sensitivity on all their nerves, which means its the most humane day to perform it, also women who have relations with circumcised men have 20% less risk of developing cervical cancer. This pediatrician is concerned about pain… What about the pain of not belonging to your people, your beliefs your covenant… That pain lasts a lifetime whereas the pain she troubles herself with is simply temporary

  15. She must have feminine sexual issues since most women prefers circumsized men and if you take a look at the circumsized children of Abraham and how many children came forth for over 5000 years while the Vikings disappeared so obviously they Nordics were not men and virile so we better continue doing as written in the Torah and maintain our supersized effective organs as commanded by GOD and let the pagans continue to disappear.

  16. She must have feminine sexual issues since most women prefers circumsized men and if you take a look at the circumsized children of Abraham and how many children came forth for over 5000 years while the Vikings disappeared so obviously they Nordics were not men and virile so we better continue doing as written in the Torah and maintain our supersized effective organs as commanded by GOD and let the pagans continue to disappear.

  17. Mo Halim please see above 16:123 when Allah told the Prophit the following. I was rather shocked to learn that two religions who so often are depicted as polar in their differences have a large number of things in common. Also, I though t you were just a comment troll, and I apologize for this Here is the quote:
    Sahih International
    Then We revealed to you, [O Muhammad], to follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of those who associate with Allah .

  18. The ignoramus should be informed that the purpose of circumcision other than for a holy ritual is mainly to deter rape. Yes, you heard me right, rape. The goyim like to be able stick their greasy smegma covered glans penis into any dry hole they come across whether willing or not. I'm sure this shiksa like a nice fat c**k.

  19. That's a lie. It came from some trials in Africa that said there was a 1% reduction in contraction. 3% dividend by 2% minus 1 is 66%. That 1% is also questionable because the circumcised group abstained from sex for the first 6 weeks of the trials, while the control group did not. The circumcised group also had more clinical follow-ups to check on their surgeries and as a result received more sex-ed and condoms. Also, in those countries half of transmission is nonsexual (e.g. dirty needles). There's a reason those scientists won't debate the results: because they are basically fabricated.

  20. How can you possibly know what kind of penis women prefer?
    How do you know that the Vikings have disappeared? If they have disappeared, how do you know the causes?
    What does “supersized effective” mean other than an empty boast?

  21. She only wishes that bris be delayed until an age when the person on whom it is performed can give adult consent. This is very different from what the Greeks and Romans attempted to do.

  22. Agreed. And nearly all of the comments here amount to insults directed at Dr Linboe. Many seem to assert that Jews know best how the penis should look and function. Ancestry, and religious ritual, are not tantamount to knowledge. I see a lot of triumphalist arrogance, and no humility.

  23. The most humane thing to do is to not circumcise at all. Or if you do it, inject lidocaine and wait 15 minutes for it to have full effect.

    There is no epidemic of cervical cancer in Europe or Japan. Cervical cancer is common in the USA, despite circumcision. Cervical cancer is, in effect, an STD, and is prevented in the same way as other STDs: fidelity, or condoms.

    It is emphatically not true that a male not circumcised on the 8th day cannot change his circ status. Moreover, a man who claims to be in deep pain because he was not circumcised in infancy, is posturing. Such men should shut up and make an appointment with a urologist.

  24. Martin Goodman the short term study done in Africa at STD clinics was flawed in that they didn’t even wait long enough for circumcision groups to fully heal or account for anything (like loss of sensation causing reduced sexual activity) to figure out why it seemed to slow the spread of STDs. And in fact, the same study showed that male circumcision increased transmission of STDs to female partners. No foreskin means more friction during sex, which means increased chances to pass disease. This whole piece of writing is totally devoid of actually fact.

  25. This is not an issue of religious rights. It is an issue of human rights and human rights trump the requirement to circumcise, even in jewish law. No one is debating the right to be circumcised as an adult.

  26. Linboe may have modern ideas about abortion being a mother’s right, and that is deplorable. Rest assured that some of us who deplore circumcision also deplore abortion on demand. Me, for instance.

  27. wonder if she chose to pierce her ears herself? (and how can you even compare THE most sensitive, nerve-dense tissue of the entire human body, tissue with immune function [langerhans cells], mechanical function, protective function, with that of the earlobe???)

  28. i am not sure if you posted this video in support or against routine infant circumcision, but in that baby boy’s face i see extreme pain, distress, betrayal, abandonment, and shock. no human being – especially not a brand new human being – should be subjected to such sensations, especially by those who supposedly love and want to protect him.

  29. Martin Goodman the african studies were hopelessly flawed. besides, even if they weren’t, what’s a 60% protective effect going to do? make you not wear a condom? it doesn’t increase a condom’s effectiveness, so why not just wear the condom and wash yourself? circumcision is a religio-cultural dinosaur looking for its justification anywhere it can find a scintilla of “reason” for its existence. practice brit shalom and leave the perfect little baby boys’ penises ALONE!

  30. i think you have an inferiority complex. why must this be an anti-semitic issue? can’t you see it’s simply a we-don’t-like-babies-being-mutilated issue? jew, christian, muslim, atheist, we don’t like any babies being mutilated!

  31. Erika Talvitie You can’t. Just as you can’t compare the absurd criticism and attack on the faith of one man and a covenant which led to the birth of an entire nation and religious practice over thousands of years by one silly individual who presumes to know better and beguiles those who are naive to believe in a ‘pain free’ world and who do not have the courage to believe in the God of Israel but like Cain would rather seek his destruction.

  32. Well, any culture that is allowed to non-consensually mutilate the genitals + permanently + irreversibly alter + prevent healthy development of it’s infants and children is by definition primitive. If the shoe fits, wear it.

  33. Athenaeus Alexander Dukas i totally agree. let adult men decide for themselves how they want their body to look and function. we need to stop mutilating ALL babies, girls and boys, for any non-therapeutic reason (religious, cultural, father-like-son, etc). this could have profound effects such as a dramatic reduction (in 50 years) of erectile dysfunction as well as much happier sexual partners across the board. it could even have a positive effect down the line on our male children and their tendency toward violence.

  34. An assertion by someone employed by the Wiesenthal Centre is an opinion, not a fact. And I doubt it is a well informed opinion.

    To assert that bris, or gentile hospital circumcision, is harmless is an assumption, a leap of faith. The truth is, we do not know because we humans have never done the required research. There never has been a careful study, based on a large random sample, of the possible correlations between circ status and sexual dysfunction. Human prudishness meant that our ancestors remained ignorant of how the moving foreskin affects masturbation, foreplay and penetrative sex. Nearly everything that is known about the sexual properties of the natural penis, has been reported starting in the 1980s. We humans are still learning about this.

  35. Sarah Kirkell : All praise be to Ms Miriam Pollack, who educated me about the profound masculine triumphalism that surrounds the whole subject of ritual circumcision, a rite of passage that is forever closed to women, because of their essential anatomy.

  36. Erika Talvitie : And the controversy is not about how the penis shall look like and function, but about who authorises any alterations to the penis: a man’s parents… or the man himself??

  37. Roger DesMoulins it is about who gets to decide how it should look and function, which absolutely should be the owner of the penis. When a person is born, they should receive all the protections of the law and their person that an adult would have. No adult would be subjected to an elective, cosmetic procedure (granted with deep religious and cultural roots) without their consent. Similarly, neither should an infant or child.

  38. Circumcision is on the 8th day because Adam was cut off from eternal life after the 7th day. When we reach our youth we get a feeling in the area of procreation that something is missing – like a phantom limb. We are to seek our creator in our youth because the eternal life from creation Adam and Eve had before they ate is missing.

    PHANTOM LIMB
    There are changes from what I was born with
    Not the blueprint I had to begin
    Where they circumcised the flesh of my foreskin
    I get a feeling referred to as Phantom Limb
    But it’s deeper than that
    I have a phantom limb from generations ago
    I’m going back to the garden of Eden
    Never to leave again.

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