Monday, April 23, 2007

Does religion = child abuse?

According to, an Oregon man and recent convert to Judaism wants his 12-year old son, of whom he has sole custody, to undergo non-therapeutic circumcision against the wishes of the child and his mother.

Sadly, a physician, a fellow congregant of the father, has already been found willing to ignore the child's wishes. The father claims a rabbi has insisted on the child's circumcision. The father's motives might even be sheer spite toward Misha's mother; we can't know.
The case is now heading to the Oregon Supreme Court, after lower court judges deemed that the genital mutilation of children in the name of religion is within the discretion of custodial parents.