In recent weeks, a controversial Jewish circumcision practice gained the national spotlight after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that New York infants contracted genital herpes following ritual circumcision.
There are few aspects of Jewish life that have been debated as heatedly as circumcision. It's physical. It's permanent. It effects an area of the body that most people today won't even discuss in proper company.
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Imagine going into a hospital for a circumcision at the age of 60-something like Phillip Seaton did back in 2007. Imagine, then, how Seaton must have felt when he awoke to find... wait for it... wait for it... his penis had been amputated.
Most American Jews and Muslims are circumcised for religious reasons, and as many as three quarters of all American males are circumcised medically. Clearly not everyone is listening to circumcision's detractors.