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cplKlyde
We're not going to be lied into another war are we
03:33 PM on 01/11/2013
Mohels: " Mutilating baby boys for 5000 years, to please our imaginary friend."
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phal4875
The world is run by cats; we just feed them.
05:52 PM on 01/11/2013
Fanned. Just don't make a mountain out of a mohel (you must have known that someone would say that).
Solomon Grundy
I can't bear that man. I mean, he's so awful. He r
03:19 PM on 01/11/2013
If circumcision wasn't already bad and unnecessary to begin with, they've got old men fellating infants after mutilating them? How is this justifiable?
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Sjoerd W
Always look for common ground.
04:57 PM on 01/11/2013
'Religious freedom'
Solomon Grundy
I can't bear that man. I mean, he's so awful. He r
05:08 PM on 01/11/2013
Religious freedom of the parents? Or of the infant whose way too young to even comprehend religious freedom? Maybe the boy doesn't want to be circumcised. Maybe he doesn't want to be Jewish, either. And I'm certain he wouldn't want herpes.
No matter how you slice it (no pun intended), this is wrong.
05:33 PM on 01/11/2013
Oddly, I said pretty much the same thing but my post didn't pass the censors.
Peatbog
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03:18 PM on 01/11/2013
This subject is new to me. The mohels then get to know their new congregants fairly intimately. As an accepted ancient practice, one supposes nothing untoward, but have there been instances of problems as with some Catholic priests and their charges?
05:14 PM on 01/11/2013
Completely different thing with Catholic priests...
(1) The boys don't have to be circumcised
(2) They tend to be a few years older than babies.
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American4456
JUSTICE FOR ALL, NOT BULLETS
03:11 PM on 01/11/2013
As an additional concept, let's discuss their stated reason FOR circumcision, (besides as proof that you are really committed to that religion), they say it keeps the boy from getting any infections.

Well, if you take that logic and run with it, you might as well have all their teeth removed too, because there is a chance that you might have cavities, so by removing the teeth - voila - no cavities ever!

I seriously believe it is not going to be allowed too much longer, at least in advanced societies, to have your childs' body mutilated for your religious practices.
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phal4875
The world is run by cats; we just feed them.
05:54 PM on 01/11/2013
Perhaps we should also remove the eyes in order to cut down on later instances of drunken driving.
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1waitasec
theology = opinion based on conjecture, so what?
03:08 PM on 01/11/2013
"an unwarranted government intrusion on religious freedom."

so when a 8 day old boy contracts herpes that is warranted?

religion is just an opinion....get over it people.
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American4456
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03:03 PM on 01/11/2013
This whole mutilation thing is so archaic and just plain WRONG it is disgusting.

This started in the Middle East, when they didn't have access to showers / baths, and found a way to diminish the probability of infection from lack of personal hygeine. A bit crude, but it worked.

Fast forward thousands of years and now people are doing this to their children to show their committment to their religion!?!?! So, for MY religion, I will have my baby mutilated?!

Does anyone think that this is wrong? How about not allowing parents to have their children mutilated at all? Only allow an ADULT to have themselves mutilated!

If you had to be an adult to have this done, I would bet you a million dollars the number of circumcisions would PLUMMET.
02:47 PM on 01/11/2013
I really don't understand how tradition and self imposed divine context allow people to continue with things that when viewed objectively (minus the self imposed divine context) would otherwise be considered insane.

Grown man regularly cuts baby's penises, then sucks the blood if it bleeds, despite risk of potentially fatal herpes infection. Please explain how sucking on bleeding baby penises is considered normal or holy...
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03:39 PM on 01/11/2013
IT IS NOT!!! HOWEVER, IT IS AN ACT IF PEDOPHILIA!!! DISGUSTING SICK PERVERTS THAT BELONG ON A SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY!!!
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1waitasec
theology = opinion based on conjecture, so what?
03:45 PM on 01/11/2013
it's considered "normal" because an supported opinion about an unverifiable claim is understood as a religious belief...

so really when it's all said and done, religious beliefs are not normal beliefs.
03:56 PM on 01/11/2013
Fair point. When you remove self imposed divine context to many of religious beliefs you get all sorts of acts that would be deemed insane by the nature of the act alone.

An adult with an imaginary friend to whom they speak telepathically to (or out-loud) that gives them mental instruction and commands to follow.
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Jonnynav
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02:05 PM on 01/11/2013
Time to move forward and stop sucking on babies genitals, even if it infringe on "religious freedom"
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HotelDrama
03:04 PM on 01/11/2013
Lets take it a step forward and move forward and stop cutting up genitals. Unless of course, the owner or said genitals want them cut up. Why does "religious freedom" trump individual rights?
05:30 PM on 01/11/2013
Amen to both comments.
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chanceofrainne
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02:03 PM on 01/11/2013
You can say what you like about religious freedom but there is something wrong about a grown man who wants for any reason to put his mouth on a baby's penis.
05:30 PM on 01/11/2013
Ya think? And what is more; where is the outrage? Why is this even a thing?
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thomasina 1
The Truth; and all that it en-Tails.
01:57 PM on 01/11/2013
Parents and Rabbis that push circumcision on their babies are cruel and insensitive, and should have CPS called on them. This is forced mutilation of a defenseless child. And now with this forced infection of fatal diseases, why no just get rid of the baby, if you don't really want him ?
02:23 PM on 01/11/2013
blah, blah, blah. another would-be dictator who would decide what people can and can't do.
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HotelDrama
02:27 PM on 01/11/2013
Except we want to let the individual who the penis is attached to decide. This isn't about a dictatorship, its about individual rights. You just think that parent's rights to want to chop off part of a penis trump their child's rights.
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American4456
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03:06 PM on 01/11/2013
"would be dictator" ? Seriously? Because it seems WRONG to mutilate a BABY to show your religious committment?

Why don't you do this to YOURSELF, but not to babies who can't make this decision?!
05:29 PM on 01/11/2013
Cat lady, mark your calendar; this is the one and only sane and non- biased thing I have ever heard come from your repugnant mouth.
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thomasina 1
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06:53 PM on 01/11/2013
Do not respond to my posts ever again. you are unwelcome to me.
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thomasina 1
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06:56 PM on 01/11/2013
You who, only cares about the quality of life for penises, ( typical, I might add), yet has no regard for a Woman's sovereignty  over her own body.  Go away, and never talk to me again. I would rather communicate with other people.
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overdubbed
I'm not very Huffpo-Correct
01:38 PM on 01/11/2013
This seems entirely reasonable to me.
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Summer77
01:38 PM on 01/11/2013
Yuck! Nope not having it! No mouth on anything, I don't care how religious you are!
01:17 PM on 01/11/2013
Hack some skin off a newborn's penis while making sure to lick it clean. Religion is such a comfort.
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Taterhead McGobstopper
Paddle faster, I hear banjos ...
01:00 PM on 01/11/2013
Demanding the right to put your mouth on a baby's bleeding penis ...

Total batchittery.