How can you even compare vaccinations to Circ? Really? I'm don't even get riled up about the whole circ debate, but I have to agree with Witwicky on this one, it really sounds like you are clutching at straws and finding some really obscure medical links to try and justify your decision. Just own it.
You yourself said there is a 7% risk, that means there is a 93% chance of all being fine. Yet you have the audacity to call other people's comments stupid.
I'm sorry Father, you have a right to your opinion, and legally, a right to circ your kids, but the holier than thou attitude and condescension you heap on anyone who disagrees despite having perfectly valid arguments smacks of someone trying to justify their choice. If you are happy with having circed your kids, fine, leave it at that. Many people see that as an abuse of the childs human rights and bodily autonomy. Anyone who feels this way will not be converted to your way of thinking by being condescended to and treated like a moron.
Yes, they say now that it reduces possible transmission of HIV, some STDs and UTIs, however, those risked can be minimized through hygiene and safe sexual practice. I think boys are better being taught those things than having their foreskin lopped off.
The difference between male circ and female circ is that in my belief system the men circ their sons. With female circ the men circ their daughters and it is not a common practice. It's not a western practice. It's done to torture. That is not the same as circing your son. Men would not circ their own son if it meant they felt it was wrong and would harm them in the future.
In Judaism we don't rely on the hospital system to have it done. We are not recorded on the circ stats coz we do it at home or in the synagogue. We don't pay for it. We donate the cost to charity. Generally it's a Jewish doctor trained in the law.
I am not sure why non Jews do it but I believe that they have the right to make educated decisions on behalf of their children.
I have to disagree with you there. With the exception of maybe some extreme Muslims I would say all religious practices and expectations have developed over the years in light of social changes and scientific findings and advancements. I use the quote below as an example of practices that were once embraced as Jewish law.
When we know better we do better.In the Torah, adultery (Lev. 20:10), fornication by women (Deut 22:21), homosexual acts (Lev. 20:13), blasphemy (Lev. 24:16), insulting one's parents (Exodus 21:17), and stubbornly disobeying one's parents (Deut. 21:18-21) are all punishable by death. Obviously, these laws are no longer enforced by traditionalists. In addition, according to Torah law, only a man can divorce his spouse (Deut. 24:1). This law was changed by rabbis to allow a woman to terminate a marriage. The Torah law which restricted inheritance to sons (Deut. 21:15-17) was also changed to allow transfer of property to daughters. Awareness of this precedent for change helps us to view circumcision with openness and flexibility.
Yes and we do abide by the law of the land... Which funnily enough is based on judeo christian law. Preventing the punishment of death for homosexuality, adultery etc does not change the practice of the religion. Preventing a right of passage such as circumcision does.
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