First of all, “Also here in Denmark, it is now very much at the fore, “—ha ha! Nice touch. Well done.
“He generally regards all international attempts to ban circumcision as being motivated by anti-Semitism.” –All right, folks. This just needs to stop. Every discussion, disagreement, or criticism of anything that could remotely be related to Israel/Jews is not antisemitic.
(I hate chick peas. I will not touch hummus. Am I antisemitic? Anti-muslim? My point is that constantly crying antisemitism is really crying wolf these days. Save it for the times when it really happens.)
“Circumcision has nothing to do with medical advantages. It has to do with the meaning of life and its higher purpose.” I can’t say for sure what the meaning of life is, but I’m 100 percent certain it has nothing to do with circumcision.
If your faith, your morality, your conscience somehow rests on circumcision, then that’s pretty ridiculous. Maybe it could be the way you pluck your eyebrows–at least people could see that everyday. –and you could even include women in the tradition! (Perhaps that would put a wrench in the perpetuation of patriarchy?!) Or just carry around a pet rock. Or something else equally silly.
On a more serious note, what about males who are injured or otherwise don’t have current evidence that they were circumcised–or I’m sure there’s some condition where they could not be circumcised because of the way they were born?
And what about women? Female genital mutilation is a horrific practice and is a cause of serious medical issues including death. So I won’t make light of the idea of women and circumcision. Suffice it to say that the idea that a faith that puts so much emphasis on a “flagpole” is probably not a faith worth following.
And I don’t think the Jewish faith is a “flagpole” faith. It is one of the great religious traditions in the world. And at its heart, it does good. Just as Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism and the best parts of the world’s other religions send goodness into the world when adherents follow the true spirit of those faiths. I say “spirit” singularly because all goodness has the same origin. That is a rock of faith to believe in.
No flagpoles required.