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Germany Circumcision

Germany Outlines New Law Allowing Circumcision

Reuters | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - Germany's Justice Ministry has outlined a planned new law that will allow the circumcision of infant boys and end months of legal uncertai...

Official: Ritual Circumcision Legal In Berlin

AP | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion

BERLIN — Infant male circumcision for religious reasons is legal in Berlin, a top state official said Wednesday, making the capital the first of...

Circumcision 'Complaints' Of Child Harm Fire Up Rabbis

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion

BERLIN — Jewish groups increased pressure on the German government Wednesday to speed up the passage of new legislation protecting the practice ...

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, ...

Israeli Parliament Says German Circumcision Ban Evokes Memories Of Holocaust

AP | BLAKE SOBCZAK | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli parliamentary committee on Monday denounced a ruling in Germany banning ritual circumcision, saying the decision infringes upo...

Rabbis Call Emergency Meeting On German Circumcision Ruling

AP | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion

BERLIN -- The Conference of European Rabbis says it's calling an emergency meeting in Berlin to discuss a regional court ruling that circumcising youn...

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. ...