Contradictions: Outlawing Child Circumcision

Several European countries have banned the circumcision of infant boys. Also activists around the world oppose Female Genital Mutilation. Of course, FGM should be distinguished from female circumcision. They are not the same thing. FGM is something completely foreign to Islam. Yet you have people protesting FGM, female circumcision, and even male circumcision of children.

If the people who are protesting these practices were sincerely concerned with the sanctity of the human body, they would equally protest cosmetic surgery and tattooing, both of which can be considered types of mutilation of the human body.

People respond to this by making the distinction between infants, who cannot give meaningful consent, and adults who can elect for these procedures. But there are some inconsistencies here.

First of all, is a woman electing to go under the knife so that she can conform to a certain standard of beauty defined, not by her, but by others — is that really meaningful consent? Is she really acting according to her own will, or has she been influenced, perhaps even brainwashed, into thinking that this is what it means to be beautiful and that this is what she wants?

Secondly, let’s take a step back and marvel at a culture where a 3, 4, 5, or 6 month old fetus does not have a guaranteed right to life but in a short 3-6 months parents can’t get rid of some of his excess skin. In the few months between being a fetus and being born, something magical happens where parents go from having the right to terminate you in your entirety to not being allowed to have some of your foreskin snipped off since you can’t consent. What a world!

 

Outlawing Child CircumcisionSeveral European countries have banned the circumcision of infant boys. Also activists…

Posted by Daniel Haqiqatjou on Saturday, March 5, 2016

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Male genital mutilation(circumcision) is not banned in any European country. There is a fundamental difference between adults modifying their own bodies(tattoos and piercings) and forcing an unnecessary amputation on a
    nonconsenting child. It’s also interesting that you implied that foreskin is “excess skin”. To the contrary, there are many sexual and protective functions of the foreskin.

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