Adar 19, 5774 (February 19 , 2014)
European Rabbis: Circumcision, Ritual Slaughter Ban Violates Religious FreedomIn a meeting between the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council of Rabbis, Rabbi Pinhas Goldschmid stated in the strongest terms that the Jewish community will not tolerate a violation to their freedom of religion through the banning of circumcision or ritual slaughter.
"We oppose any violation of freedom of religion in Europe, and I am ready to hold a meeting of European Union member states to discuss the freedom of religion violations of recent years in some of the EU states," commented president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso to Rabbi Goldschmidt in his Brussels office.
[Freedom of religion concerns belief, and practice only up to the point of infringing on the rights of others.]
"The Commission was established in order to guard minority rights on the Continent, and will not tolerate the infringement on religious freedom, such as circumcision and ritual slaughter," Barroso added.