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Merkel backs circumcision right after German ruling

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Source: BBC

The German government says Jewish and Muslim communities should be able to continue the practice of circumcision, after a regional court ruled it amounted to bodily harm.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said it was a case of protecting religious freedom.

Steffen Seibert said: “Circumcision carried out in a responsible manner must be possible without punishment.”

European Jewish and Muslim groups had criticised the Cologne court ruling.

The case involved a doctor who carried out a circumcision on a four-year-old that led to medical complications.

The court said that a child’s right to physical integrity trumped religious and parental rights.

But Mr Seibert said: “For everyone in the government it is absolutely clear that we want to have Jewish and Muslim religious life in Germany.” Read more.


Posted by on July 16, 2012. Filed under Europe,Germany,Law,Law and Religion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to Merkel backs circumcision right after German ruling

  1. Munir Varraich

    July 16, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Germany is one country in Europe where religious persecution took its worst form. Later that persecution invited the wrath of other nations in the form of World War II, and the German nation was split into East and West Germany and became the – Idealogical Frontier – during the Cold War Era. However, that gave the Germans – one nation in Europe – an opportunity to experience both systems and learn many lessons. One of those being to maintain a “balance” in all their policies – economic, political and social.

    It is heartening that Merkel has supported the religious rights of the Jews and Muslims.

    Another interesting thing about this incident in Germany is the fact that it provided Jews and Muslims to cooperate on one very important aspect which they share and that is the “Covenent” which Patriach Abraham made with One God.

    All credit goes to the Merkel government to set an example for the rest of the world when it comes to upholding the principle of “religious freedom” in society.


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