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Fearful that the court verdict could bring back unhelpful memories about Germany Nazi past as it already has Chancellor Angela Merkel said that, unless the decision is overturned, Germany would be regarded as a global In fact, it is worse than that.
The Cologne case concerned a four year old boy whose parents had him circumcised, following which there were minor complications. The court held that the boy right to bodily integrity outweighed his parents desire to follow the tenets of their faith. If the boy wanted to get circumcised later on in life, the German court declared, his religious freedom not be unduly impaired. and Jews in Germany and around the globe felt otherwise. As Nike Air Vapormax Womens Grey news coverage about the boy case spread, outrage grew. In the Muslim and Jewish faiths, circumcision is a solemn requirement. For Jews, it represents a literal commandment from God; for Muslims, it is a or practice, of the Prophet Mohammed.
values, and their own prejudices, on people of faith. Here in Canada, the Harper government has indicated a willingness to dictate how Muslim women dress, and the prime minister himself has declared that whatever that is is the greatest threat to the country. military has admitted that some troops have used anti Muslim materials in training classes, while Islamaphobic laws and Blue Nike Vapormax
The Cologne court ruling is not enforceable in other German jurisdictions, but will almost certainly persuade German doctors to decline to perform circumcisions, fearing legal consequences. In Germany, many Jewish and Muslim parents have reported that they are now uncertain how, or if, they can get their sons circumcised.
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Build a wall between church and state
said. There are 100,000 Jews and four million Muslims in Germany.
The church should not dictate to the state. And the state has no business none dictating to the church.
The ruling an intolerable burden on the free exercise of religion by Jews and also by Muslims who practice male circumcision as part of their religious faith, said Abraham H. Foxman, the legendary national director of the Anti Defamation League. unprecedented and dramatic intrusion on the self determination of religious communities, said the leader of Germany Central Council of Jews in a statement.
regulations are endemic across Europe.
If you disagree with that, or if you still need to be convinced that there is properly a wall between church and state, look to Germany. About two weeks ago, a court in Cologne ruled a doctor had caused injury to a Muslim boy by circumcising him. In effect, the German court determined that circumcision amounted to a criminal act.
Jews, in particular, have some familiarity with what can happen when the state involves itself in matters of faith. That is why they joined with Muslims in so strenuously opposing the Cologne circumcision ruling, as well as those Canadian politicians who have sought to control how Muslims dress in places like Quebec.
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