Germany Says Your Baby’s Rights Outweigh Your Religious Need To Disfigure Their Bodies

I was just reading on Maryam Namazie’s blog that a German court decided that a child’s right to “physical integrity”, meaning the intactness of their bodies, is greater than the mommy and daddy’s right to carve their faith into the flesh of their child. I’m using over the top wording on this, but I’m doing so because people have a tendency to not think of things like male circumcision as a big deal. And no, I’m not one of those male circumcision activist guys who would DARE imply that female genital mutilation is the same thing as male circumcision.

I remember a while back reading this story of a couple who were charged with child cruelty in Georgia after tattooing black crucifixes on the hands of six of the seven children in their care. I remember having a few conversations with people about that, and all of my people-of-faith friends thought it was cruel and disgusting. Yes, they understood the parents wanting to do it, but there are lines you simply do not cross, and tattooing your children is one of them. Well, what about cutting off foreskin? What about cutting off the clitoris and labia? Why is a serious surgery which forever alters the sexuality and physicality of the recipient less invasive than a tattoo?

At any rate, the faithful in Germany (and elsewhere) are all uppity about religious freedom and the state preventing people from exercising their beliefs. Guess what, folks? As amazing as it may seem, I think they’re wrong. Weird, right?

Let’s pretend for a minute that your faith required you to place a blue dot of peace on your third cousin. That blue dot of peace would never wash off, and it didn’t matter if your third cousin wanted it or not, your faith commanded you. Is that okay? Of course not. Your right to freely practice your religion is not in question here, it’s your right to inflict your religion on someone else who may not want it that is.

If you believe your God won’t love your child until you cut their sex organs, that’s a shame. Maybe you should get a new God. What you shouldn’t do is permanently physically inflict your faith on them. If they choose to mutilate themselves when they are old enough to make that decision, then that’s fine. That’s really all there is to it.

Jim

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Like a caterpillar that spins a coccoon and emerges as a walrus with a mohawk, Big Ugly Jim has become something unexpected. Raised a fine young Christian boy in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jim began to question his teachings, first evaluating the wisdom of other religious and eventually realizing that none of them seemed any more accurate than any other, and not a one of them made a lick of sense. Today, Big Ugly Jim is a musician, a Business Analyst with Large Oil Company Whose Name Is Not Important, a music promoter with the Calgary Beer Core, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, a prick, an atheist, a father, an ex-husband, a role model, a horrifying vision in a red speedo (or at least he would be, if ever that happened which IT WOULD NOT), an announcer, and soon to be an officiator of weddings. Also, he's nice and does dishes. Jim continues to live in Calgary, spreading his filthy doctrine of free, critical thinking and appreciation for music. And ladies, he's single! Hard to imagine, I know, but this loud-mouthed old timer who never grew up's turn-ons include people who can think for themselves, people who aren't afraid of a good giggle or a good pint, and people who know how to give back rubs. His turn-offs include people being shitty to each other, fundamentalism, and zebras. Fucking zebras... Who the hell do they think they are, really?

2 thoughts on “Germany Says Your Baby’s Rights Outweigh Your Religious Need To Disfigure Their Bodies

  1. you do realize that most female circumcision is very non-destructive. Its horrendous yes but they do not usually do the form most people think of. usually the clitoral hood is destroyed and that’s it.Comparing Circumcision to ALL FGM is dumb but some forms of FGM are less destructive, like the ceremonial pinprick.

  2. I would scarcely agree with the use of the word “most” in that first sentence. Yes, the ceremonial pinprick is available, but as I understand it, is a much newer and has far less traction in the Muslim world. Certainly, a pinprick is infinitely safer than using a rock to saw off a girl’s labia, but the fact that it is safer hardly makes it an acceptable practice.

    Oh, wait. You’ve got to be a ‘bot or something. Sigh. More fool me. The article had nothing to do with whether cutting a girl’s ladyparts was worse than cutting a boy’s manparts. More fool me for not noticing.

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