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June 15 2015

An un-consenting child, an unnecessary, invasive surgery: is there any moral difference between male and female circumcision?
Male and female circumcision are equally wrong – Brian D Earp – Aeon

October 31 2014

A poll showing 74 percent support for banning male circumcision comes as parliament prepares for a new round of political discussion on male circumcision.

TORONTO — Actor Alan Cumming is urging parents of newborn boys to keep the tip.

“I think circumcision is genital mutilation,” Cumming said, in an interview with dot429. “There is a reason you have foreskin.”

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September 24 2014


It was not until Coppin and others went to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT), which in turn put pressure on the Irish government to investigate, that Senator Martin McAleese, a former member of the Irish Senate and a devout Roman Catholic, was asked to head an inquiry into what exactly had happened behind the convent walls.

Survivors were astounded to read in his report that "ill treatment, physical punishment and abuse… was not something experienced in the Magdalene laundries".

The government has now called another inquiry into what happened at another church-run institution, the Mother and Baby homes for unmarried mothers, after it was revealed earlier this year that nearly 800 young children had been buried in unmarked graves from 1925-1961 at a convent in the west of Ireland. Some remains were found in a concrete tank.

So the Magdalene laundry survivors are asking for this latest inquiry to have a wide remit, and to investigate the laundries again.

"I would love them to get to the real truth, but they won't," says Coppin. "They won't inquire properly because I know what the government are like."

August 22 2014

An unplanned social media campaign using the hashtag “#SinceIWasABoy” has been prevalent on social media with hundreds speaking out against routine circumcision. The campaign came about entirely by accident as a response to another social media campaign that highlighted aspects of gender equality for women.

August 03 2014

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What in God's name are they doing to the children? - YouTube

July 16 2014

While it is easy to point an accusing finger at the Catholic Church for decades of covered up child abuse, it appears to be far too easy to ignore the fact that the problem of coercive sex crimes are just as, if not more prevalent among Protestant churches in America today. Of course, we don’t hear about them in the national news because they aren’t inter-connected to a massive worldwide organization like the Vatican. However, isn’t the scariest part that these crimes go on right in front of our nose while nobody really talks about it simply because Protestant pastors don’t wear “funny robes”? Much like their Catholic counterparts, Protestant pastors and ministers are trusted with children who have been taught to obey the authority of their church leaders.

June 25 2014

The treatment of those immigrant girls shows that many of the attitudes of the past still exist today. It was visible also with the pace of the Tuam story, indifference followed by over-compensation after foreign media had publicised it.

April 03 2014


Professor Brian Morris of the University of Sydney said infant circumcision should be regarded as equivalent to childhood vaccination, and as such it would be unethical not to routinely offer parents circumcision for their baby boy.

But Professor Kevin Pringle, the Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Otago in Wellington, says he found the paper extremely worrying.


Prof Pringle says the report quotes a more than 20-fold increase in the risk of penile cancer for uncircumcised men, but the figures didn't agree.

"In fact, the incidence of penile cancer in Israel (almost 100 per cent of males circumcised) is about the same as that in Scandinavia (circumcision the exception), suggesting that it is cleanliness, rather than godliness that is important," he said.

Prof Pringle said the authors overestimated the level of cases of two other conditions, phimosis and balanitis, and said 80 per cent of children with phimosis respond to the application of a steroid cream. Only a small percentage needed a circumcision.

Prof Pringle said the comparison with vaccination was inappropriate as most of the diseases for which infants are vaccinated are potentially lethal or produce significant handicap.

"Circumcision is an intervention with significant risks (ignored or minimised by the authors of this paper) to prevent problems that will not develop in the vast majority of males."

Circumcision study questioned - Story - NZ News - 3 News

The Holy See’s response to the criticisms has been pathetic. It said that it had no jurisdiction over its priests in countries around the world, and that its ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Child applied only to the Vatican City itself. The disingenuousness of this reply beggars belief. As the Vatican can have no children within its territory, given its entire population consists, in principle at least, of celibate men, one has to wonder why it signed the Convention at all. And of course, the Holy See is happy to presume moral and spiritual jurisdiction over sovereign nations when it suits it to do so, as when condemning abortion, contraception or homosexuality.

The United Nations is to be congratulated on making clear this flagrant double standard employed by the Vatican to defend the indefensible.

March 25 2014

Norway’s union of nurses urged the government to ban non-medical circumcision of boys under 15.

March 20 2014

THE Catholic Church in Scotland can no longer cover up the abuse of children and vulnerable adults as they have done in the past according to the head of a new external review.
Catholic Church ‘can no longer cover up abuse’ - The Scotsman

February 02 2014


Medical associations in Sweden and Denmark have strongly recommended a ban on the non-medical circumcision of boys, reports the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The Sweden Medical Association, which counts 85% of the country's physicians as members, recommended setting twelve as the minimum age for the procedure and requiring a boy's consent in a resolution which was unanimously passed by the ethics council, reported the Svenska Dagbladet.

The Danish College of General Practitioners, a group with 3,000 members, made a statement that ritual circumcision of boys was tantamount to abuse and mutilation, according to Danish newspaper BT. They polled their readers and found that 87% were in favor of a ban on non-medical circumcision.

December 03 2013

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▶ Special Report #6: The Victims of Male Circumcision - YouTube

This video highlights the unfortunate stories of boys and men who have been victims of the absurd and barbaric religious practice known as circumcision. It is about time we viewed male circumcision as genital mutilation. It is a disgusting religious practice that has no place in the 21st century. Please share this video with everyone who supports circumcision or thinks it is a harmless procedure.

November 27 2013

An Israeli rabbinical court has told a mother who is divorcing her husband that she must have her young son ritually circumcised. She’s being fined $140 a day until she complies.

November 15 2013


Organizers of the anti-circumcision organization called Intact America say parents like Rhodes should never have to explain a situation like this. Georgianne Chapin of Intact America calls circumcision inhumane and a violation of a defenseless child's human rights.

"It is not, not only not necessary but it is dangerous, risky and wrong to cut the genitals of a child," Chapin said. "That child cannot consent, it does nothing for his health, nothing for his well being, and puts in a terrible risk as this poor mother and her poor baby have found out.

"He will live with those consequences for the rest of his life," Chapin added. "Hopefully, hopefully other mothers and fathers will see that and say 'I'm not going to do that."

Botched circumcision has many questioning practice

November 10 2013


Another Polish cleric has claimed that broken homes are a catalyst for paedophilia.

Father Ireneusz Bochynski, from the city of Piotrkow Trybunalski in Central Poland, has said he knows of 10-year-old children who “went to bed with adults, wanting to be fulfilled, and it was the choice of the child.”

October 27 2013


October 16 2013


Tanya Gold articulates well the existence of contemporary antisemitism (A ban on male circumcision would be antisemitic. How could it not be?, 12 October). But I think she's wrong in describing the Council of Europe as antisemitic for including ritual male circumcision in its examples of violations of children's rights.

I write as a male Jew circumcised at birth in 1958 as part of ritual. I would rather not have been. Yes, male circumcision isn't as extreme a practice as female genital mutilation. However, I know from personal experience that it results in such problems as desensitised sexual feeling, frequent soreness and occasional bleeding. I believe that this irreversible action is at heart an assault on a child, incapable of giving meaningful consent. I attach no blame to my parents' generation, who would have made the decision in the aftermath of the Holocaust, and who would have experienced a society more overtly hostile to them. But I find it depressing that contemporary Jews wish to continue the practice.

And she is quite wrong to say all Jews agree on circumcision.

October 15 2013

Many Rabbis are welcoming intact males into the Jewish community, and a growing number of Rabbis feel that surgical circumcision is no longer appropriate in the 21st century. Over 50 Rabbis, mohels and other Jewish leaders perform covenant ceremonies without surgical circumcision, and many more will do so upon request. These include Rabbis in the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and many other branches of Judaism.
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