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  • "On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/30/2016 2:33:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | January 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On the Eighth Day of Christmas: The Circumcision and Name of Jesus” (Luke 2:21) On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . the circumcision and name of Jesus? Huh? What? Yeah, well, that’s what happened on this day. On the eighth day of Christmas, God’s true love gave to me--and to you, to us--the circumcision and name of Jesus. That’s what our text says, the Holy Gospel for this day, Luke 2:21, which reads again as follows, “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the...
  • Danish doctors come out against circumcision [Male]

    12/05/2016 8:15:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies ^ | 05 Dec 2016 13:08 GMT+01:00
    The Danish Medical Association (Lćgeforeningen) has recommended that no boys under the age of 18 be circumcised in Denmark. The association released its recommendation on Friday, saying that circumcision should be “an informed, personal choice” that young men should make for themselves. In a press release, the group said that when parents have their male children circumcised, it robs the boys of the ability to make decisions about their own bodies and their own cultural and religious beliefs. …
  • Why do girls have a right to genital integrity, but not boys?

    05/26/2015 8:52:27 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 99 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | May 26, 2015 | Austin Petersen
    The mother of a four-year-old son, Heather Hironimus, tearfully signed an order allowing for the circumcision of her boy, so that she could be released from prison. The event has stirred a national debate about the necessity of circumcision, and the question of whether all children should be allowed the right to bodily integrity. Hironimus was imprisoned after she fled with her son, attempting to avoid the fulfillment of an agreement with the boy’s father that would see him circumcised. She’s now taken center stage on the issue, with anti-circumcision activists rallying to her cause, raising $50,000 in legal bills...
  • Russian Orthodox Condemn Pro-Homosexual UN Children’s Fund

    01/03/2015 5:13:13 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | January 2, 2015 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    As Christians around the world got ready to contemplate the innocence of the child Jesus, last week the Russian Orthodox Church took on a UNICEF paper that says children have LGBT rights.The Patriarch’s Commission on the Family of the Russian Orthodox Church released a scathing statement criticizing a UNICEF position paper that urges countries to protect LGBT rights because, it says, it is in the “best interests of children.” The Commission turns the tables on UNICEF and says: “Placing children to be raised by same-sex couples is a gross violation of the rights and interests of a child.”The Orthodox Commission...
  • Americans push back against CDC recommendation on circumcision

    12/10/2014 12:08:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 9, 2014 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    In the first week of public comments on a federal proposal to encourage male circumcision in the U.S., most people are telling Uncle Sam to leave the foreskins alone. “His body, his choice” and “Foreskin is not a birth defect” are among the hundreds of negative comments in the Federal Register against a proposed policy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise that males of all ages be circumcised for health reasons. The strongest objections were for infant circumcision, since it is a “human rights” violation for a male to permanently lose a piece of his body...
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit from man who says circumcision went wrong

    10/23/2014 8:53:09 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 32 replies
    CTV News ^ | 10/23/2014 | AP
    A judge in Alabama issued an order Wednesday throwing out the lawsuit filed by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. and his wife against a hospital and doctors he says injured him. . . . Banks says he awoke from what should have been a routine circumcision to realize his penis was gone. The hospital and doctors deny any wrongdoing.
  • Israeli circumcision device provokes union outcry in South Africa

    09/29/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 31 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 9/29/14 | Reuters
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa may turn to an Israeli circumcision device to reduce the number of young males who die in botched initiation ceremonies, provoking an outcry from union allies of the ruling party who support sanctions against the Jewish state.
  • U.S. intervenes in Europe’s circumcision wars

    07/13/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | July 8, 2014 2:18pm | Ron Kampeas
    The Obama administration’s anti-Semitism monitor has added an issue to his office’s portfolio: defending circumcision in Europe. Circumcision has become a top focus for Ira Forman, the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. He has been using the pulpit his office provides to warn European governments that moves to ban ritual circumcision could lead to the demise of their countries’ Jewish communities. “Because circumcision is essentially universal among Jews, this can shut down a community, especially a small vulnerable community,” Forman said. No European country has outright banned the practice, but there is increasing pressure to do...
  • Orthodox Jewish Website Condemns Judge’s Forcing Circumcision on Gentile

    05/19/2014 4:02:19 AM PDT · by Tzvi · 55 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 19, 2014 | Yori Yanover
    Don’t get me wrong, as a Jewish person, I support with every fiber in my body the requirement, even the need for Jewish parents to circumcise their sons. But over the years, I’ve read tons of evidence proving both sides of the circumcision debate, and I have had no use for them. The only valid reason I see for the brutal attack with a sharp knife on a defenseless infant is if God said so.
  • Complications rare with baby circumcisions, rise with age

    05/13/2014 12:27:17 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 30 replies
    There are few reported complications after boys are circumcised during their first year of life, but the risk rises considerably if the procedure is performed later in childhood, according to a new analysis published on Monday. Previous research found wide variations in the rates of complications following male circumcisions. Those studies were often small and based on patients from a single hospital. For the new study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers used data from U.S. insurance claims for babies younger than one year old, children between ages one year and nine years and older children 10 years and older....
  • New Study Says Benefits of Circumcision Outweigh Risks 100 to 1

    04/03/2014 9:05:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/03/2014 | Brandy Zadrozny
    A new medical review published by Mayo Clinic makes the strongest case yet for cirumcision. Is it time to take the decision out of parents’ hands and make the procedure mandatory? The choice of whether to circumcise one’s son—a decision both aided and hindered by a deluge of readily available information on the Internet—is an increasingly fraught one for parents. A quick Google search for “Should I circumcise my baby?” retrieves millions of articles, blogs, and academic papers all weighing in on the risks and rewards associated with the surgical removal of a newborn’s foreskin. Now, a new review published...
  • Peres Protests European Resolution on Circumcision

    10/07/2013 11:30:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    arutz Sheva ^ | 8/10/13
    <p>President Shim'on Peres sent a letter to Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland of the Council of Europe, Monday, urging the council to reconsider its recent decision against circumcision.</p>
  • Israel: Europe Council resolution fosters hate, racism (anti-circumcision resolution)

    10/04/2013 7:50:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.04.13, 10:36 | Attila Somfalvi
    Israel against the Council of Europe: The Foreign Ministry is calling on the Council of Europe to immediately rescind a resolution calling male ritual circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children.” In a harsh statement, the ministry said: “This resolution casts a moral stain on the Council of Europe, and fosters hate and racist trends in Europe.” …
  • Swedish MPs propose circumcision ban

    09/25/2013 11:26:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Jewish Chronicle ^ | September 25, 2013 | Charlotte Oliver
    A motion to ban the circumcision of males younger than 18, unless for medical purposes, has been presented to the Swedish parliament. Two members of the right-wing, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party brought the motion forward on Tuesday. Their party, which holds only 20 of the 349 seats in parliament, argues it is the next step after Sweden’s ban on female genital mutilation. …
  • Court bans circumcision over ‘psychological’ fears (Germany)

    09/25/2013 11:23:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 26 Sep 2013 09:00 CET | (The Local/jlb)
    A German court has forbidden a woman from having her six-year-old son circumcised because of a risk of psychological damage. The decision comes a year after a similar ruling sparked an international outcry. In July 2012, a court in Cologne said religious circumcision of male infants was tantamount to grievous bodily harm, a criminal act subject to prosecution—prompting furor around the world. In response, German lawmakers were forced to clarify that circumcision was legal. But now a court in Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia has said a woman was unfit to decide whether doctors performed the religious rite on her six-year-old...
  • 30 South African men killed in ritual circumcision

    07/07/2013 11:01:19 AM PDT · by csvset · 63 replies
    France 24 ^ | 07 July 2013 | AFP
    AFP - Botched circumcisions killed 30 young men and landed almost 300 more in hospital during traditional initiation rites in a South African province, the health department said Sunday. The 30 deaths in rural Eastern Cape province occurred during the annual season when young males undergo a rite of passage into manhood. Ten other youths were hospitalised after being rescued from a forest on Sunday, said provincial health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo in a statement. "The ten initiates' private parts are rotten. They are badly damaged. Their condition is scary," he said. A further 293 young men were undergoing hospital...
  • Male Circumcision Offers HIV Protection By Dramatically Altering Microbiome

    04/17/2013 1:43:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies ^ | 4/16/13
    Over the last few years there have been a number of studies suggesting that male circumcision may protect against HIV infection. Several possible reasons have been offered by experts as to why circumcision offers protection against HIV infection. Now here's one more reason... A study led by Lance Price of the Translational Genomics Research Institute suggests that a significant shift in the bacterial community or microbiome of the penis as a result of circumcision could explain HIV protection. The researchers found that in men who were circumcised, the total bacterial load under the foreskin was 33.3 percent less than those...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 4-9-13

    04/09/2013 6:06:26 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies ^ | 4-9-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Berlin declares circumcision legal, but only if performed by a doctor — not as a ritual

    09/05/2012 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/5/12 | Staff
    One of Germany’s 16 states has declared circumcision legal, but only if performed by doctors — not, as required by Jewish law, by mohels. Berlin, Germany’s capital and itself a state, is the first to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to DPA, a German news wire. National legislation is pending to legalize circumcision. State Justice Minister Thomas Heilmann made the announcement Wednesday, saying he felt it necessary to allay fears in this “difficult transitional period,” the Associated Press reported.
  • Circumcision pluses outweigh risks: Pediatricians

    08/27/2012 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/27/2012 | LINDSEY TANNER
    The nation's most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and insurance companies should pay for it. In its latest policy statement on circumcision, a procedure that has been declining nationwide, the American Academy of Pediatrics moves closer to an endorsement but says the decision should be up to parents. "It's not a verdict from on high," said policy co-author Dr. Andrew Freedman. "There's not a one-size-fits-all-answer." But from a medical standpoint, circumcision's benefits in reducing risk of disease outweigh its small risks, said Freedman, a pediatric urologist in Los Angeles.
  • Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Doctors Say

    08/27/2012 7:29:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    AP ^ | August 27, 2012 () | LINDSEY TANNER
    The nation's most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and insurance companies should pay for it. In its latest policy statement on circumcision, a procedure that has been declining nationwide, the American Academy of Pediatrics moves closer to an endorsement but says the decision should be up to parents. "It's not a verdict from on high," said policy co-author Dr. Andrew Freedman. "There's not a one-size-fits-all-answer." But from a medical standpoint, circumcision's benefits in reducing risk of disease outweigh its small risks, said Freedman, a pediatric urologist in Los Angeles. Recent...
  • German rabbi circumcision case sparks outrage (criminally charged for performing circumcision)

    08/22/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/22/2012 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Jewish groups and Israeli politicians on Wednesday lashed out at German authorities after Bavarian prosecutors filed criminal charges against Rabbi David Goldberg for performing a circumcision. The rabbi has been slapped with charges of committing bodily harm, in the first known case to arise from an anti-circumcision ruling in May. "The charges laid against a Jewish religious leader for performing a fully legal action is outrageous and a very troubling escalation sending a deeply problematic message to the Jewish community,” European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “It has been many decades since a Jew was charged for...
  • German Rabbi faces criminal charges over circumcision

    08/22/2012 11:32:32 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 97 replies
    Jewish World ^ | 08/22/2012 | Ynet
    A German rabbi has been criminally charged for performing a circumcision, committing what the indictment calls "bodily harm," media outlets reported on Tuesday. The charges against David Goldberg, who is a mohel and the Rabbi of the city of Hof Saale in Bavaria, is the first known case following the anti-circumcision ruling issued by a German court in May.According to media reports, the charges were filed by a physician from the city of Hessen, and was based on the court ruling which stated that performing a religious circumcision ritual can be considered a crime. A Bavarian radio station reported that...
  • Norway recommends ‘symbolic’ circumcision

    08/08/2012 3:52:25 PM PDT · by SJackson · 60 replies
    Ombudsman for children's rights proposes that Jews and Muslims replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual. THE HAGUE - Norway’s ombudsman for children's rights has proposed that Jews and Muslim replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual. Dr. Anne Lindboe told the newspaper Vart Land last month that circumcision in boys was a violation of a person’s right to decide over his own body. “Muslim and Jewish children are entitled to the same protection as all other children,“ she said. She added that the practice caused unnecessary pain and was medically unbeneficial. Lindboe, a pediatrician, was appointed ombudsman...
  • Circumcision row hits Austria

    07/25/2012 6:55:09 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/25/2012 | AFP Writer
    A furore over circumcision in Germany reached neighbouring Austria on Tuesday as a state governor advised doctors against performing the procedure, even when it is on religious grounds. Markus Wallner, centre-right state premier of Vorarlberg, said the instructions followed a controversial June ruling by a court in the German city of Cologne that equated circumcision of young boys with grievous bodily harm. That verdict provoked uproar from religious and political leaders in Israel as well as Muslim countries, with Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly saying it risked making Germany a "laughing stock".
  • Germany to religious: We'll allow circumcisions

    07/13/2012 7:56:48 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/13/2012 | REUTERS writer
    Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman promised Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities on Friday they would be free to carry out circumcision on young boys despite a court ban which has provoked concerns about religious freedom. In a country that is especially sensitive to allegations of intolerance because of the Nazis' slaughter of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, the government said it would find a way around the Cologne court ban in June as a matter of urgency. "For everyone in the government it is absolutely clear that we want to have Jewish and Muslim religious life in Germany," said Merkel's...
  • Rabbis call on German Jews to defy circumcision ruling

    07/13/2012 3:19:23 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/13/2012 | AFP Writer
    Orthodox rabbis from across Europe urged Jews in Germany Thursday to continue circumcising baby boys, at an "emergency" meeting called over a court ruling branding the religious rite a criminal act. "We call on the Jewish community and on parents to continuing practising brit milah (the Jewish circumcision ritual) and not to wait for a change to the judicial ruling," Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, told a meeting in Berlin of around 40 Orthodox Jewish clerics. Goldschmidt said circumcision of boys on the eighth day after birth was a crucial tenet of Jewish law and that...
  • Final Solution? Infant Circumcision Outlawed In Germany!

    07/08/2012 1:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 8, 2012 | Jimmy Akin
    Sometimes today you encounter stories that are truly jaw-dropping, like this one being reported by the Washington Post. Headlined, "The Crime of Circumcision," it deals with a ruling issued by a judge in Germany that prohibits Jews from circumcizing their baby boys: A district judge in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that ritual circumcision is a crime, violating “the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity,” which outweighs other parental and religious rights. “This change runs counter to the interests of the child,” the court concluded, “who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.” Circumcision is a rite...
  • American Jews take note: German court calls circumcision assault: Obamacare won’t be any different

    07/06/2012 10:06:29 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 16 replies ^ | July 6, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Those who think socialized medicine is just an “all good” program that keeps you healthy while somebody else pays your medical bills ought to think again. Socialized medicine takes whatever you have; whatever it can get from you. If you have financial means it will take your money and your rights. If you have no money socialized medicine will take your rights – even your religious rights. Recently a German court, no doubt encouraged by the European system of socialized medicine, ruled that circumcision even for (especially for?) religious reasons amounts to a bodily assault. In doing so the Cologne...
  • Jewish Faith, Circumcision, and Religious Freedom

    07/03/2012 2:41:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 113 replies
    First Things ^ | July 3, 2012 | Robert P. George
    In a previous post, I stressed the importance of standing up for the religious freedom of people of every faith, not just those who share our own convictions. In view of a recent development in Germany, I here wish to say that Christians, especially those of us who are Catholics, should be particularly outspoken in defending the rights of Jews and the Jewish people. It is not simply the memory of past crimes committed by Christians, including leaders of the Church, against Jews—crimes sometimes committed in the very name of Christian faith. It is the fact that we are taught...
  • Banning circumcision is dangerous to your health

    07/02/2012 5:46:01 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 32 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | July 2nd 2012 | Spengler
    I will not address the scientific grounds for circumcision (which among other things drastically reduces the transmission of infections including AIDS), because your decree has nothing to do with science. Rather, as Heinrich Heine wrote in 1844 of your city of Cologne, Dummheit und Bosheitbuhltenhier GleichHunden auf freierGasse; Die Enkelbruterkennt man nochheut An ihremJudenhasse. (Stupidity and evil mated here / Like dogs in the open gutter / You still can recognize their descendants today / By their Jew-hatred).
  • EJC Calls on Germany to Condemn Ruling Against Circumcision

    07/01/2012 3:36:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/12 | Hana Levi Julian
    The European Jewish Congress has called on the German government to stand against a regional court decision to criminalize circumcision, known as "brit mila" in Hebrew, sealing of the Biblical Covenant with G-d in the flesh. The ritual is a practice that exists at the very bedrock of the Jewish and Muslim faiths. The court, located in Cologne, ruled last Tuesday that non-medical circumcision as practiced by most Jews and Muslims causes “bodily harm” and therefore is a crime. This has led to hospitals in Germany canceling planned circumcisions, causing great distress in the Jewish community, said EJC President Moshe...
  • Ritual circumcision kills two boys in the past decade

    06/27/2012 4:06:49 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies ^ | June 08, 2012
    <p>A JEWISH ritual in which a circumciser sucks blood from a newborn's penis has killed two babies in the past decade, US authorities said overnight.</p> <p>The cases of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) infection were all documented in New York City from 2000 to 2011 and several were within the same neighbourhood.</p>
  • German court rules religious circumcision on boys an assault

    06/27/2012 6:46:25 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 20 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/27/2012 | AFP Writer
    Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents' religious rights. The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the "fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents", a judgement that is expected to set a legal precedent. "The religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised, if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised," the court...
  • German Court Makes Circumcision for Religious Reasons a Crime

    06/27/2012 10:55:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ( ^ | June 27, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    A German court has ruled that circumcising male infants for religious reasons, as Jews in particular have done for thousands of years, constitutes grievous bodily harm and is a crime, regardless of parental consent. A public health specialist who is also a traditional Jewish circumciser called the ruling “stupid,” suggesting Wednesday that while “politically-correct modern liberal thinkers” would not be open to persuasion about Jewish values, they should at least consider studies finding wide-ranging health benefits from the procedure. In a ruling bound to fuel a long-running debate over circumcision, a regional court in Cologne said Tuesday that the “fundamental...
  • German court rules circumcision is 'bodily harm'

    06/27/2012 5:49:48 AM PDT · by NCjim · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | June 26, 2012
    A court in Germany has ruled that circumcising young boys for religious reasons amounts to bodily harm. In a decision that has caused outrage among Jewish and Muslim groups, the court said that a child's right to physical integrity trumps religious and parental rights. The case involved a doctor who carried out a circumcision on a four year-old that led to medical complications. Thousands of Muslim and Jewish boys are circumcised in Germany every year. Although male circumcision - unlike female circumcision - is not illegal in Germany, the court's judgement said the "fundamental right of the child to bodily...
  • Prison Inmate Sues Hospital Over Circumcision As A Newborn

    04/17/2012 2:25:45 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    KWTX ^ | April 17, 2012 | KWTX
    Prison Inmate Sues Hospital Over Circumcision As A Newborn SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (April 17, 2012)--South Dakota prison inmate Dean Cochrun is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, claiming the procedure has robbed him of his sexual prowess. The suit asks for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Cochrun is acting as his own lawyer. The lawsuit also requests that his circumcision be reversed.
  • Newborn dies after reportedly contracting herpes from controversial circumcision ritual

    03/06/2012 2:57:58 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 5, 2012 | Fox News
    A two-week-old infant died at a Brooklyn hospital in September after contracting herpes through a controversial religious circumcision ritual, the New York Daily News reported. As part of the ultra-orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual—known as metzitzah b’peh—the rabbi or mohel removes blood from the wound with his mouth. The brit milah (pronounced bris), otherwise known as circumcision, is a rite of passage in the Jewish faith, though different groups follow different sets of procedures. The Rabbinical Council of America endorses the practice of using a sterile glass tube between the mohel’s mouth and the baby’s wound for the more orthodox metzitzah...
  • "Circumcision and Name Both Say 'Savior'" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/31/2011 7:23:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies ^ | January 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Circumcision and Name Both Say ‘Savior’” (Luke 2:21)Today is New Year’s Day, a day for looking forward to the year that lies ahead. It’s a day for plans and goals and New Year’s resolutions. “This is the year, finally, when I will get my weight under control, or when I will start exercising more regularly, or when I start being more faithful in my daily devotions.” All well and good. These can be good goals to have. January 1, 2012. This is also a day when we begin a new chapter in the life of our church. How is this...
  • Kenyan villagers battle police in defence of female circumcision

    12/11/2011 7:15:03 AM PST · by bayouranger · 20 replies ^ | 12-08 | Katy Migiro
    NAIROBI (TrustLaw) – Armed youths battled the police in southern Kenya, demanding the release of two women arrested for carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM), the Daily Nation reported on Thursday. In Kuria, near the Kenya-Tanzania border, hundreds of girls as young as eight have been circumcised in the last few weeks, even though the practice is illegal. When the police arrested two women circumcisers who were cutting young girls, locals blocked their vehicle, demanding the women’s release. The police had to fire in the air to scare off the protestors, the report said. Armed youths then engaged the police...
  • California prevents ban on male circumcision

    10/02/2011 8:56:47 PM PDT · by hattend · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Oct 2 2011 | Mary Slosson
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Sunday that he signed a bill preventing local authorities from banning the practice of male circumcision. The bill, which takes effect immediately, comes in the wake of an effort by a San Francisco group opposed to male circumcision to enforce a city-wide ban of the practice in a November ballot measure. That effort was struck down in late July by a California judge who said it would infringe on religious freedom. The measure was removed from the November ballot. The measure, which garnered 12,000 signatures of support, would have made...
  • Circumcision Ban? Not so Fast

    07/28/2011 2:12:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/11 | David ben Yaakov
    San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi on Wednesday issued a tentative ruling saying the proposed ballot measure to ban circumcision in the city must be withdrawn, calling it "expressly preempted" by state law. Lloyd Schofield, 59 year old anti-circumcision activist, was determined to have male circumcision banned by legislation in San Francisco. For starters, he gathered 12,000 signatures, while ony 7,168 are required for the city of 750,000 by the city’s Department of Elections, for his proposal to be placed on the ballet in the November 8th San Francisco elections . The measure, which would only apply in San...
  • Judge Takes Snip out of Circumcision Ballot Measure

    07/28/2011 6:50:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2011 | Nathan Koppel
    It appears that San Francisco voters this November may not have the opportunity to vote on whether to ban male circumcision. As we noted earlier, a San Francisco ballot measure called the Male Genital Mutilation bill, which would have banned circumcisions for those under the age of 18 and would have penalized violators with possible fines and up to a year behind bars, had drawn a constitutional challenge. Yesterday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi took a snip out of the ballot proposal, ruling that it had to be withdrawn as “expressly preempted” by state law. Here’s a report...
  • San Francisco Weighs In On Circumcision Ban

    07/07/2011 4:07:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    The city of San Francisco finally weighed in on a local ballot measure that asks voters to ban the circumcision of male children, saying its attorney claim the proposed law would be unconstitutional if applied to Jewish mohels. The city attorney's office made the argument in response to a lawsuit by a coalition of Jews and Muslims that has asked a California court to remove the initiative from this year's November 8 ballot. The lawsuit, which names both the city and the anti-circumcision activist who qualified the measure, argues that state law bars local governments from restricting medical procedures. If...
  • Anti-circumcision movement is anti-Semitic, says San Francisco city attorney

    06/30/2011 10:29:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 36 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/30/11 | Dan Schreiber
    A circumcision ban measure on the November ballot contains clearly anti-Semitic campaign material and targets members of the Jewish faith, according to a press release Thursday from the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Jewish groups, along with some Muslim individuals, filed a lawsuit over the measure last week against The City’s director of elections and Lloyd Schofield, the San Francisco resident who gathered more than 12,000 signatures to get the proposed ban on the ballot. Groups that filed the suit argue that state law prevents local jurisdictions from restricting medical practice by “healing arts professionals” and that the ban would...
  • Colorado to end Medicaid coverage of circumcision

    06/23/2011 12:35:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/11
    Colorado will end coverage for routine circumcisions under Medicaid next month, adding to what's become a national debate over the once widely-accepted procedure. The change will take effect July 1. Lawmakers agreed to end funding as part of a package of cuts to balance the budget.
  • Circumcisions: Jewish, Muslim groups oppose ban

    06/22/2011 9:05:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/22/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    Nothing like a proposed ban on circumcision to bring Jews and Muslims together. Local chapters of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Anti-Defamation League are teaming up with a couple of practicing Jewish and Muslim families to file a lawsuit demanding that San Francisco's elections director remove the highly publicized circumcision ban from the November ballot. The lawsuit, which is expected to be filed today in San Francisco Superior Court, argues that circumcision is a common medical procedure regulated by state law - and that it has no business being decided by city voters.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Feds, state may snip proposed circumcision ban

    06/19/2011 8:04:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/19/11 | Joshua Sabatini
    Amid an intensifying debate over a ballot measure to ban the circumcision of boys in San Francisco, state and federal laws are being proposed to ban such bans. Opponents of the measure have accused the effort of being anti-Semitic. A group of religious leaders and politicians are denouncing the effort as an infringement on religious freedoms. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said recently he would introduce the so-called Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011 to prevent San Francisco and other places to enact such circumcision bans. Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, reportedly is planning to introduce a similar...
  • Evangelicals Speak Out Against Measure Banning Circumcision in Northern California

    06/11/2011 7:21:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/11/2011 | Audrey Barrick
    Evangelicals have come out in opposition to a proposed ban on circumcision in northern California. The National Association of Evangelicals, which represents more than 45,000 local churches, released a statement on Thursday expressing solidarity with Jewish and Muslim leaders in their stance against the ban. “While evangelical denominations traditionally neither require nor forbid circumcision, we join Jews and Muslims in opposing this ban and standing together for religious freedom," said NAE President Leith Anderson. "Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace our spiritual heritage back to Abraham. Biblical circumcision begins with Abraham. No American government should restrict this historic tradition. Essential...
  • Actor Russell Crowe calls Jewish circumcision 'barbaric' and compares it to human sacrifice

    06/10/2011 11:42:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/10/2011
    Russell Crowe, the Gladiator star, has sparked outrage after describing circumcision as barbaric in an angry four-letter outburst on the social networking site Twitter. The Oscar-winning actor laballed the practice “barbaric and stupid” during a row with his Twitter followers, telling them to “f--- off” if they disagreed with him. The 47-year-old engaged in an angry exchange with one follower, whom he branded a “moron”, before imploring Jewish people to “stop cutting your babies”. The debate followed a question by one of his fans called @picknic11 who asked him: “My son is due soon. Do you think I should get...