Skip to comments.Column One: Israel faces a cynical world
Posted on 08/25/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT by Former Fetus
This week a German doctor in Bavaria filed a criminal complaint against Rabbi David Goldberg.
Rabbi Goldbergs crime? He performs ritual circumcisions on Jewish male infants in accordance with Jewish law.
The doctors complaint came shortly after a ruling by a court in Cologne outlawing the practice of male circumcision.
The Austrians and the Swiss also took the ruling to heart and have banned infant male circumcision in several hospitals in Switzerland as well as in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. Denmark and Scandinavian governments are also considering limiting the practice of circumcision which has constituted one of the foundational rituals of Judaism for four thousand years.
Meanwhile, in Norway Dr. Anne Lindboe has come up with the perfect way out of the artificial crisis. Lindboe serves a Norways ombudsman for childrens rights. And she proposes that we Jews just change our religion to satisfy anti-Jewish sensitivities. She suggests we replace circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual.
Its worth mentioning that circumcision isnt the only Jewish ritual these enlightened Europeans find objectionable. Sweden, Norway and Switzerland have already banned kosher slaughter.
Attacking circumcision isnt just a European fetish. The urge to curb Jewish religious freedom has reached the US as well. Last year San Franciscos Jewish Community Relations Council had to sue the city to strike a measure from last Novembers ballot that would have banned circumcision if passed. The measures sponsor gathered the requisite 12,000 signatures to enter the proposition on the ballot. Circumcising males under the age of 18 would have been classified as a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison. Sponsors of the measure distributed anti-Semitic materials depicting rabbis performing circumcisions as villains.
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Yes. Tyrannical governments seem to, once again, want to dictate religious faith practices or customs. Antiochus IV Ephiphanes tried the same thing in 175 BCE:
60 “According to (his) decree, they put to death the women who had their children circumcised, 61 and their families and those who circumcised them; and they hung the infants from their mothers’ necks.” (1 Maccabees).
Truly, “there is nothing new under the sun,” Here We Go Again!
As Augustine, Camus and Arendt all noted in various ways or degrees, human beings seem to often just shrug off, or avoid seeing, evil as anything exceptional or worth doing anything about...(and so we keep having to relive it....over and over again, even when it takes exactly the same form as previously.)
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