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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Circumcisions in Trouble in Germany

From the Times of Israel:

Parents having their sons circumcised can be brought before a judge for causing bodily injury, even if they did so for religious reasons, a regional court in Germany has ruled.

The recent landmark decision will likely draw the condemnation of Jewish and Muslim communities, although official representatives have refrained from commenting so far, saying they first want to study the reasons given for the judgment.

Following the judgment by the District Court of Cologne, neither the rights of parents nor the constitutional freedom of religion can justify interventions such as circumcision, according to Financial Times Deutschland, which first reported the story.

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German lawmakers ought to easily see how this ruling would cause an uproar in the Muslim and Jewish communities.

Posted by: Divorce Forms | Jul 11, 2012 6:11:25 AM

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