Ed Team

Uncut penises will end religious liberty

Filed By Ed Team | March 08, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Quote of the Day
Tags: circumcised penis, Maggie Gallagher, Massachusetts, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, uncut penis

"New legislation now being proposed in the Massachusetts state legislature to ban circumcision of any male children, including Jewish children, comes very close to saying, "Yes, it should be a crime." Circumcision of infant males has been a requirement of Jewish faith and identity since the time of Abraham... How did we reach the point where powerful people seriously consider such outrageous intrusions on religious liberty?"

-- National Organization for Marriage head Maggie Gallagher expressing outrage over a proposed Massachusetts law that would ban circumcision for any child under the age of 18 without any religious exemptions. I wish that law had been around when I was a kid.

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Michelle B | March 9, 2010 4:20 PM

Yeah! It's and intrusion on my religious liberty to prevent me from intruding on my children's religious liberty! You tell 'em, Maggie.

The expression "religious liberty" blurs the vital underlying question, WHOSE liberty? Religions do not have volition or rights or liberty, only the people practising those religions. But there are limits to our freedom to practise religion on other people. My freedom to practice my religion ends where someone else's body begins, and especially when it cuts part off off someone else's body, to affect him not only as a baby and child, but as an adult, with his own view about what religion he wants to practise and how.