Among new parents of male children, one of the areas that can elicit the most controversy is the topic of circumcision. Discussions can become extremely heated, with both sides bringing up both scientific evidence and anecdotal evidence to support their claims. Is it purely genital mutilation or a way to minimize the possibility of disease? I’ll leave those arguments to others.
The history of circumcision dates back in Egypt to at least 2400BC, where it was considered as a rite of passage into manhood. In parts of Africa, the practice was followed for similar reasons.
Jewish tradition developed the concept of infant circumcision after Abraham received the instructions from God to circumcise his children and his slaves, approximately 2,000-1,500BC.
King James Version (KJV)
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
The Muslim word is divided on the origin of circumcision, with some claiming it began with Abraham and others with Adam. Either way, the major prophets were born circumcised.
These accounts insist that Adam, along with almost all of the major monotheistic pre-Islamic prophets, was born circumcised: “God created Adam already circumcised, and Seth was born circumcised, as were Idris, Noah, Shem, Abraham, David, Solomon, Lot, Ishmael, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Bihar al-anwar). This happened on the seventh day of their birth when both the umbilical cord and foreskins of prophets fell off.
Today, in the Western world, the number of infant circumcisions has fallen off considerably. Many people consider it to be nothing more than genital mutilation, and many physicians refuse to perform a non-medically required procedure. Those that are performed are conducted under sterile conditions in a hospital setting. However, some of the traditionalist Jews still follow Biblical tradition, occasionally with fatal results.
The unidentified infant died Sept. 28, 2011, at Maimonides Hospital, according to a spokeswoman for the city Medical Examiner, who confirmed the death after a News inquiry.
The cause of death was listed as “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction.”
As of now, there is no work on charges being laid, despite several obvious charges, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, and murder. Charges that would quickly arise if religion were not involved.
The number of circumcisions has been decreasing over the years for various reasons. One of which is that physicians no longer recommend them routinely. In fact many will not perform them for non-medical reasons, and many consider the practice to be genital mutilation. On the other hand, circumcision has been found to reduce HIV transmission in some areas. As I said, I’m not really going to promote one side or the other. What I am going to state unequivocally, is that there is never a reason to allow an old man to suck your baby’s dick.