The CDC plans to encourage male circumcision for babies, boys, teens and men, asserting that the procedure can reduce their risk of contracting HIV and other STIs from women. Heteronormative presumptions aside here, should the snip require personal consent?
COPENHAGEN Denmark (RNS) The Danish government approved a measure earlier this month forbidding poultry and livestock to be killed without being stunned first. But Jewish and Muslim customs require animals to be conscious when killed.
Faith leaders attack France’s secularism. French bishops decide the Lord’s Prayer is blasphemous. And an Israeli politician tells mohels they might soon need to perform circumcisions at embassies in Europe.
(RNS) A growing number of Zambians — among them many Christians — are opting for circumcision as a way to ward off HIV infection. In so doing, they are adding to the number of people who take on this ancient practice for cultural or religious reasons.
(RNS) Jews and Muslims in Germany are relieved that a tumultuous political controversy over circumcision in Germany has ended with passage of a law that allows the practice for religious reasons. By Lauren Markoe.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) As pediatricians gathered here for the American Academy of Pediatrics convention, they were greeted by protesters urging the medical group to rethink its position on an issue that makes most people squirm: the circumcision of newborn boys. By John Pope.
(RNS) Beliefs about circumcision will not be easy to change, but questioning circumcision is already happening for Jews. A proposed law in Germany to ban circumcision on young boys offers a chance to expand the debate and move the conversation forward. By Ronald Goldman.