03 September 2012

Cut it out or cut it off?

The case of ostensibly forbidden circumcision in Germany still echoes in some corridors of theological power. The corridors almost emptied by now, since the seriousness of the case was seriously exaggerated, and the cutting in Germany will continue as usual for all who are bent (?) on it.

Jim Wald, who blogs on To Find the Principles and contributes (rather too infrequently) to Times of Israel, produced a veritable treaty on the whole subject of circumcision, and it's a joy to read from the beginning to the end. At least once. My only contribution (I am not up to remarks) will be this:

Just to illustrate something mentioned in the article.

And from the news: a turn about by AAP:

American Academy of Pediatrics: Circumcise It!
In a new policy report published Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed the procedure and its medical benefits for the first time, urging third-party insurance providers to cover the cuts. The landmark guidelines come on the heels of a surprising study published last week by Johns Hopkins researchers, which linked declining rates in circumcision in recent years to rising health-care costs—and a measurable spike in sexually-transmitted infections.

So, ladies and gentlemen: cut it out. And cut it off.


yitzgood said...

I expect Germany to come to its senses about circumcision, but San Francisco is worrying.

Dick Stanley said...

The AAP decision was welcome. This was the norm, even for gentiles when I was born in 1944. They didn't even ask parents if they wanted it. Which saved me a lot of pain when I converted many years later. The cartoon is funny but it's out of date. All that natgas in the Med, not to mention the shale in Judea, could turn out to be G-d's little joke on the sons of Ishmael.

KatieNorcross said...

Germany will come to its senses when the Muslims riot over it. As for San Francisco, I expect circumcision to be banned. And weddings (Except for gay weddings.) and other celebrations that isn't gaycentric to be banned as well.

SnoopyTheGoon said...


SnoopyTheGoon said...

That too.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Pretty apocalyptic ;-)