Tuesday, June 26, 2012


A German court has decided that it is a crime to circumcise a child in Germany. Walter Russell Mead expresses his outrage about the intolerance exposed in a country once notorious for it:
.... Jews believe that the circumcision of infants is a necessary act; the command to circumcise male children at the age of eight days is the first command that God gives Abraham to mark their covenant; for thousands of years this has been a foundation of Jewish life. To ban infant circumcision is essentially to make the practice of Judaism illegal in Germany; it is now once again a crime to be a Jew in the Reich.

Some may have worried that the memory of past, ahem, problems in German-Jewish relations would inhibit German judges from the single most anti-Semitic state action taken anywhere in the west since 1945. Holm Putzke, a legal expert at the University of Passau, praised the court’s dedication to duty, telling the Financial Times Deutschland that “Unlike many politicians, the court has not allowed itself to be scared off by charges of anti-Semitism or religious intolerance.”

Well, thank goodness for that! If courts start letting themselves be inhibited because people will denounce them for being intolerant anti-Semites, how can we possibly build a clean and beautiful New Europe?
German Court Declares Judaism A Crime | Via Meadia


  1. Anonymous10:04 PM

    Perhaps if you were the little boy who had to go to hospital with complications you'd feel differently. Circumcision used to be nearly universal in countries like Australia and NZ but now it is extinct due to decades old advice from doctors about the harm done and lack of need for it.
    In America it is profit-driven child abuse in my opinion. Jews and Muslims could rethink it. Do we still stone adulterers ? Only the Taliban do.

  2. It used to be almost universal here, too, and complications were rare. But you're right, it is seldom done by doctors today unless parents request it. This however, isn't about a medical procedure. It's about a religious ceremony practiced continuously for thousands of years - and not an option for those who are Jews or Moslems. What the court ruled in Germany prhibits something that is not illegal in either Australia or New Zealand or just about anywhere else [not even in San Francisco].

  3. Oh, and I was circumcised. I have no memory of it whatever - babies don't remember the cutting of the umbilicus either.

  4. Anonymous2:39 PM

    Oh for a "hedgof Separation" in Germany. The act of "Jewish Circumcision" is not even a matter of tolerance it is a matter of Freedom.

    It also asks. "Is Germany still living in the attitude and tone of 1939-45?"


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