Sorry for not responding sooner, been busy with family matters and the holiday.
I would like to make a few assumptions and see whether we agree:
a. Freedom of religion is a basic right. Everyone should have the right to practice his or her religion.
b. Religious practice cannot be used as a pretext to harm others. You can’t go around killing people and claim that your religion compels you to do so.
c. Practically any human activity entails a certain risk: you can go out for a drive and be in an accident, you airplane could crash, you could go to a baseball game and get hit in the head by a foul ball…We know about these dangers yet we generally consider the risk to be acceptable. Otherwise we would not be able to go about our everyday lives.
d. Coercion should be opposed: parents should not be forced to have their sons circumcised and should also not be prevented from having it done. (see point (a).
Jewish ritual circumcision is a religious commandment and an important tradition.
Assuming that it’s performed by a competent practitioner on a healthy baby, the risk of a mishap is tiny. The procedure itself is not harmful or traumatic and may even be beneficial (though that’s not the core of my argument, just a possible bonus).
Now some questions for you:
Have you ever been invited to a traditional Jewish circumcision ceremony (“bris”)? I would just like know whether you have any personal experience or observations.
Would you favor legislating a legal ban? Outlawing the practice?