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Should Infant Circumcision Be Banned?
In case of religiously motivated circumcision, it is unacceptable for the parents to leave a permanent, lifelong sign of their own religious affiliation on the child's body.
If a new sect were to prescribe the surgical removal of another part of a child’s body, say an ear, to please a god or leader, there would be unequivocal condemnation and the practise would be outlawed immediately.
An infant cannot automatically accept the religion of its parents, and therefore should not be subjected to a body modification solely for this reason.
The choice to circumcise is not a religious right. The choice to be circumcised is a religious right. As such, the consent and decision must come from the person that is being circumcised, not their parents, community or anyone else.
A religious exemption would be discriminatory, implying that the children of parents who ascribe to certain religions have less of a right to bodily integrity.
During WW2, the Nazis sometimes relied on circumcision to identify male Jews. Although not as effective now as a indicator of religion amongst most Western nations, it could still be used for discrimination.
It may be a religious practice but once done will have no negative bearing on your life. If a person chooses later in life to turn away from their parents' religious beliefs, their circumcision should have very little impact on their life.
The child literally belongs to the parent/parents, not the state because it was not the state that produced it.
Circumcision is well within the authority of a parent.
Traditions and religious beliefs when prohibited by a discriminatory law lead to extremism.
This position is based on a set of values, just like the justification of circumcision is based on another set of values. Values cannot be objectively measured and compared.
All parents pass on their beliefs to their children psychologically, whether intentionally or not. Circumcision is a minor matter in comparison.
Parents, by nature, leave all sorts of physical and non-physical, life-long marks on their children. If this is to be avoided altogether, the state will have to intervene and raise its children outside the domain of the family unit structure.
In case of religiously motivated circumcision, it is acceptable for the parent to leave a permanent, lifelong sign of their own religious affiliation on the child's body.