Tuesday, July 17, 2012

BERLIN: "Germany a laughing-stock" - Merkel

Arab News (AFP)
July 16, 2012

Circumcision ban could make Germany 'laughing stock': Merkel

BERLIN: Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party the country risked becoming a “laughing stock” over a court ruling calling religious circumcision a criminal act, according to a report Monday.

The mass-circulation daily Bild said in an article to be published Tuesday that Merkel warned the board of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that Germany must restore legal protection for circumcision.

“I do not want Germany to be the only country in the world in which Jews cannot practise their rites,” Bild quoted Merkel as saying, citing several CDU members who attended the meeting.

“Otherwise we would make ourselves a laughing stock among nations.”

Merkel’s center-right government has pledged to take quick action to protect the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcize baby boys on religious grounds, and voiced concern about the ruling by the court in Cologne published in June.

The court said the removal of the foreskin for religious reasons amounted to grievous bodily harm and was therefore illegal, in a judgment that prompted an outcry at home and abroad. Diplomats admit that the ruling has proved “disastrous” to Germany’s international image, particularly in light of its Nazi past, following uproar from religious and political leaders in Israel as well as Muslim countries.

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1 comment:

  1. Trying to both accommodate male circumcision as "religious practice" while condemning female circumcision under "religious practice" is already making Merkel a laughingstock. If she succeeds, then Germany will indeed become a laughing stock.

    Are courts simply not supposed to call human rights violations for what they are because it could upset a particular group of people who practice them as "religion?"

    Why is it OK to condemn all forms of female circumcision, but courts and governments are expected to look the other way when complications and deaths occur in male children?