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To Cut, or Not to Cut

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
Alexander Goerlach

Male circumcision pits two fundamental rights against each other: bodily integrity, and freedom of religion. But don't look to the legislature for a solution: it will have to come from within Jewish and Muslim communities.

Some Austrian Hospitals End Religious Circumcision

AP | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion

VIENNA -- The governor of Vorarlberg has told hospitals run by Austria's westernmost province to suspend circumcisions motivated by religious custom, ...

Angela Merkel Weighs In On German Circumcision Debate

Reuters | Stephen Brown | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman promised Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities on Friday they would be free to carry out circumcisi...

Rabbis Urge German Jews To Continue Circumcisions

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion

BERLIN — A German court's decision that ritual circumcision amounts to criminal bodily harm threatens religious freedom in Europe, a group of Eu...

Europe's New Anti-Semitism

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

By ruling that religious Jews performing their most ancient sacred ritual are abusing the rights of the child, a German court has just invented a new form of Blood Libel perfectly designed for the 21st century.

Is The Ruling In Germany Anti-Circumcision?

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Jewish and Muslim communities have expressed outrage about a ruling emanating from a German court that apparently limits the freedom of those wishing to practice a ritual circumcision. But before we condemn, more information is necessary.

Germany Addresses Religious Freedom Complaints Over Circumcision Ruling

AP | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion

BERLIN — Germany's foreign minister on Sunday offered assurances that Germany protects religious traditions after a court ruled that circumcisin...

The V Word and the Legislature

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Politicians and clerics here and abroad spend so much of their time trying to regulate what women can do with their bodies and what assorted body parts can properly be called in polite company that it's nice when the penis gets some attention.

Responding To Religious Outcry, German Court Attempts To Clarify Circumcision Ruling

Reuters | By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion

PARIS, June 29 (Reuters) - A widely criticised German court verdict on religious circumcision this week aims only to delay the act, not ban it, and ...

German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault

AP | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion

BERLIN -- A German court has ruled that circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to bodily harm even if parents consent to the procedure. ...

Metzitzah B’peh Circumcision Ritual Inconsistent With Jewish Principles

Lisa Braver Moss | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Lisa Braver Moss

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.

City Proposes Waivers For Controversial Circumcision Ritual

Posted 06.13.2012 | New York

In light of the shocking report linking newborn babies with herpes infections in the weeks after undergoing Metzitzah B'peh circumcisions, the city's ...

The Tipping Point

Mimi Hecht | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Mimi Hecht

Though I was not immune to the speculation that circumcision could possibly be harmful to my baby, I felt deeply that G-d was looking out for my son's reproductive organ.

Circumcision: The Movie

Michael Solomon | Posted 05.10.2012 | Comedy
Michael Solomon

I suppose we'll never know exactly how the first circumcision pitch went, though it's outcome may partially explain why all these millennia later, so many of us are drawn to the movie business.

Are Uncircumcised Men Better In Bed?

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.26.2012 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Since that first relationship with an uncircumcised man, I've gone on to do more, er, field research, and I've anecdotally found that the intact make fabulous lovers. Here's why.

Catherine Pearson

Have Researchers Found A New Benefit Of Circumcision? | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Men who undergo circumcision may have a decreased risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a new study. The finding suggests that the removal ...

Baby Dies After Controversial Circumcision Ritual

Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion

A baby died at a New York hospital in September after contracting herpes from a controversial circumcision ritual. The infant died at Maimonides H...

Finally, A Movie About Circumcisions

Posted 02.01.2012 | Arts

Filmmaker and photographer Jeffrey Braverman takes a deeper look at San Francisco's recently proposed circumcision ban in a promising new documentary ...

NYPD Officer Uses Circumcised Penis To Prove His Innocence

Posted 01.25.2012 | New York

A former NYPD officer accused of flashing a female prisoner in 2010 is pointing to details below the belt in order to prove his innocence and maybe ev...

Circumcision: Identity, Gender And Power

Miriam Pollack | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Miriam Pollack

Circumcision is seen as the central commandment of Judaism. What I intend to do here is to show that cutting out a portion of a child's genitalia is fundamentally about gender and power.

To End AIDS, the World Needs a Plan

Mitchell Warren | Posted 02.05.2012 | Impact
Mitchell Warren

Last Thursday, on World AIDS Day, President Obama threw the full weight of the U.S. government behind a vision that would have seemed outlandish until now: The end of the global AIDS epidemic.

Dominican Authorities Probe US Bomb Plot Suspect

AP | Posted 11.22.2011 | Latino Voices

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Dominican authorities said Tuesday they are investigating the background of an immigrant accused of plotting to a...

Terror Suspect Tried To Circumcise Himself

Posted 11.22.2011 | New York

Jose Pimentel, the 'lone wolf' terrorist arrested for plotting to blow up police stations and postal offices with homemade bombs, smoked marijuana wit...

13 Biggest Sex Conspiracies | David Moye | Posted 01.02.2012 | Weird News

Go ahead and Google "sex" (as if you haven't already done so in the past hour); you'll find 2.8 billion results ranging from scientific discussion to ...

The Importance Of Circumcision In Jewish Law

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

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.