Sunday, October 02, 2011

Male Circumcision OK, Female C. Not OK

by Hector Diego

Is this your idea of holy? Maybe I don't want to know you...

This just in--

The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, "has signed a bill that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision." Understand that we are talking about child circumcision, not adult. So the Governor or California is siding with religious groups, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, instead of the rights of minor U.S. citizens to have the body God--or nature, if you prefer--gave them left intact and inviolable.

Shame on you, Governor Brown. What's wrong with allowing an adult to make such a decision concerning his own body, when he becomes an adult at 18? After all, abortion is legal largely because of the argument that a woman has legal rights to the dispensation of her bodily existence. I accept this argument. Jerry Brown, are you saying that minors, unlike women, have no rights? This is very disturbing.

What about female circumcision? What is the position of the federal government on this issue? Read on.

Title 18 – Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Part I - Crimes

Chapter 7 - Assault

Section 116 - Female genital mutilation

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), whoever knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

(b) A surgical operation is not a violation of this section if the operation is--

(1) necessary to the health of the person on whom it is performed, and is performed by a person licensed in the place of its performance as a medical practitioner; or

(2) performed on a person in labor or who has just given birth and is performed for medical purposes connected with that labor or birth by a person licensed in the place it is performed as a medical practitioner, midwife, or person in training to become such a practitioner or midwife.

(c) In applying subsection (b)(1), no account shall be taken of the effect on the person on whom the operation is to be performed of any belief on the part of that person, or any other person, that the operation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.

(Added Pub. L. 104-208, div. C, title VI, Sec. 645(b)(1), Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009-709.)

Why is it legal to circumcise minor boys, but it is not legal to circumcise minor girls? The answer is plain. Circumcision of boys is a part of Judeo-Christian culture, but circumcision of girls is not. Why the double standard? Why isn't religious circumcision of any minor, male or female, a form of religious extremism?

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