May 31, 2011

The Circumcision Ban: Is Circumcision an Assault on Human Rights or Religious Rites?

by Rachel Rabbit White

Circumcision is increasingly considered a human rights issue. San Franciscans will be voting on banning the controversial procedure this November. While the AMA does not recommend it, circumcision is still considered an essential sign of the covenant in reformed Judaism. Like France’s ban on the hijab, the question is: Are we denying freedom of religion or are we protecting human rights?