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Circumcision

Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Say New CDC Guidelines

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence suppor...

Looking at Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in the Field

Jennifer James | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Jennifer James

Voluntary medical male circumcision has made definite inroads in Tanzania through years of initial pilot projects, awareness and education campaigns, and a scale-up of VMMC services provided in health facilities and in mobile units. The approach seems to be working.

This Is How The Mommy Wars Start

Buzz Bishop | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Buzz Bishop

Some people want to just do their thing like they did a decade ago, before blogs, before Facebook, before social media. Others want to use the newfound power of their pulpit, and share, brag, boast, preach their ideologies to the world. The latter can become exhausting for the former, eventually they lash out in frustration, and cease fire gets broken again.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

2 Mohels Banned After Babies Contract Herpes From Circumcision Rite

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion

New York City has reportedly banned two mohels, persons trained to perform ritual circumcisions, after several babies became infected with herpes, For...

Is It Harder To Be Gay When You're Circumcised?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.04.2014 | Gay Voices

HuffPost Live tackled the controversial subject of circumcision this week, speaking with a panelist who was not only vehemently opposed to the practic...

This Man Dropped Out Of College To Make A Statement Against Circumcision

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.30.2014 | College

Evan Roman was circumcised as a child, and he's never gotten over it. In fact, he's so passionately against parents circumcising their newborn sons th...

Brit Shalom Families: Where's the Controversy?

Lisa Braver Moss | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Lisa Braver Moss

As a Jewish woman who opposes circumcision, it's true that families who say yes to circumcision will have support from the Jewish community. But what happens to those who decide to keep their sons "intact" (i.e., not to circumcise them)?

When Baby Naming Becomes a Negotiation

Darryle Pollack | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Darryle Pollack

I was a compromiser married to a world class control freak, and I tried not to be putty in his hands. Naming our daughter went down to the wire, narrowly beating out her delivery.

Oldest Known Depiction Of Circumcision Is Now On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion

Historians, anthropologists and religious scholars often disagree on the origins of circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin. But a colorful...

'Sicarii Essenes,' 'Those of the Circumcision,' and Qumran

Robert Eisenman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

In a much overlooked description of 'the Essenes', attributed to the Third-Century Early Church theologian Hippolytus in Rome, there exists a completely original version of Josephus' famous description of them.

Why I Didn't Choose Circumcision

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

I'm a bit depressed. Our midwife gave me a book about circumcision. I've started the book and can't put it down. I'm not sure that I'll ever fully recover.

Selling Circumcision for HIV Prevention at the Epicenter of the Global Epidemic

Charles Ebikeme | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Charles Ebikeme

For Zimbabwe's most famous poet and musician, Albert Nyathi, poetry has always come first, but now he acts as a local champion of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), hoping to inspire the men of his country -- both sons and fathers alike -- to undergo the procedure.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Finds Success at Scale

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

What has been achieved in a relatively short period of time is remarkable and a testament to what the international community can accomplish if it works together with countries hardest hit by the epidemic. Now we can all look forward to the first time the world gives birth to an AIDS-free generation.

WATCH: The Real Reason You're Circumcised Is Not What You Think

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 05.05.2014 | Weird News

Is it weird to be circumcised? That's the question behind College Humor's recent video, which explores one of mankind's strangest traditions. If yo...

U.S Circumcision Is On The Decline

Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 08/22/2013 06:54 AM EDT on LiveScience The percentage of newborns who are circumcised in the Un...

The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians -- and the Mystery of the Missing Circumcision in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Art historians, curators, and critics offer extensive commentary on the minutest details and nuances of artworks but ignore the glaring and obvious falsification of biblical history.

How You Can Tell If a Christian Is Really 'Saved': When They Stop Needing to Be Right

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Jesus told his followers to take up their crosses and follow him before he was crucified, that is to say, before the cross became any kind of religious.

Jason Biggs' Wife Instagrams Baby's Circumcision And Ignites Fiery Debate

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents

Actor Jason Biggs' wife became the center of a heated debate when she posted about her newborn baby's circumcision on Instagram. Author Jenny Moll...

Protect the Children, Mayor de Blasio

Jane Eisner | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Jane Eisner

If there is a practice common among a minority of New Yorkers that is proven to sometimes cause serious injury or even death to infants, wouldn't the new mayor want to curtail that practice?

Mother Appeals Court's Order to Circumcise Her Son

Tony Phillips | Posted 02.28.2014 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

On Christmas Eve I read the story of an Israeli woman who is appealing a court ruling ordering her to circumcise her son. A fabulous seasonal narrative, no?

Botched Bris Leads To Lawsuit Against Rabbi

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

A Pennsylvania rabbi has been sued by the parents of the baby boy he circumcised on April 28 in a botched ceremony that caused a "catastrophic and lif...

Shocking Findings About Circumcision In Florida

Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami

This has to hurt: more and more older boys are getting circumcised in Florida. After Florida terminated Medicaid funding for infant circumcision, c...

New Achievements on AIDS Show Targets Matter -- So Let's Set New Ones

Mitchell Warren | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Mitchell Warren

On Monday, the President rightly noted the huge potential of research towards a cure for HIV, and committed $100 million to a new HIV Cure Initiative at the National Institutes of Health.