We are appalled by the reaction of some Jews who have mentioned "Sweden" and "Nazi" in the same breath regarding the recent anti-circumcision legislation passed in Sweden. "Shame" doesn't even begin to cover it. Let us never forget that had it not been for Sweden, the Holocaust would have claimed a lot more than 6,000,000 Jewish lives.
What arrogance by these Jewish groups! If this arrogant ingratitude is the attitude we can expect from the World Jewish Congress (WJC), is there any wonder that so many Jews are either leaving the religion outright or marrying outside the faith?
The Swedish anti-circumcision legislation is merely the invocation of measures designed to make this butchery less agonizing for the victim. Jews in the WJC and similar "groups" who find this humanitarian reform outrageous might want to ask themselves why.
We note that the case in Sweden arose from the death of a Moslem boy from MGM (Male Genital Mutilation) in Sweden - not exactly a Third World Nation. Sweden ranks first in the world in health care.
Further, we'd caution that, had this tragedy happened in the US, the cause of death would NOT be listed as "circumcision", but as "drug induced." The actual number of deaths from circumcision in the US is suspected to be far greater than the 200+ number listed - WITH all of our medical prowess. This number is, ironically, more than the annual number of deaths from penile cancer. The notion that circumcision prevents penile cancer is a complete myth anyway, condemned by the both the American and Canadian Cancer Societies.
Circumcision has been called "criminal assault" by more than one legal scholar since it is illegal for parents to allow a non-medical/non-theraputic procedure to be done to their child's body.
The Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics stated in a 1997 policy statement:
Constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion do not permit children to be harmed through religious practices, nor do they allow religion to be a valid legal defense when an individual harms or neglects a child.
When members of the fundamentalist polygamous Mormon cults are brought up on charges for polygamy, they argue that their freedom of religion allows them to have polygamous marriages. Judges have ruled against them, stating that freedom of religion does not give anyone the right to go against established law of the land. Since protecting children from child abuse, sexual abuse and child mutilation are established law of the land, and circumcision is child abuse, child mutilation and sexual abuse, freedom of religion does not allow Jews to circumcise.
Following are the two cases that set the precedents:
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