Our thanks to Patrick for a link to an appalling article by New York based EJ Dickson titled, I Circumcised My Son, & I Don’t Regret It One Bit. It appears not to have occurred to her that he might come to regret the mutilation of his genitals in the name of a religion he may well decide not to follow. Extracts:
Although my husband and I are agnostic, I belong to a tight-knit Jewish family, and had it not been immensely important to them that my child have a b’rit milah (the Hebrew term for the ancient rite), we probably would not have done it at all…
In an ideal world, I would want my son to be able to travel anywhere in the world and feel safe and protected. But the list of countries that are actively trying to make him and other Jews feel otherwise is getting longer and longer. So in the absence of tolerance and acceptance, I want him to practice resistance, just by virtue of never forgetting who he is and where he comes from. I didn’t circumcise him for religious or even hygienic reasons, but for overtly political ones. [my emphasis]
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