Friday, July 13, 2012

Germany's Merkel Pledges To Protect Religious Circumcision : The Two-Way : NPR

Germany's Merkel Pledges To Protect Religious Circumcision : The Two-Way : NPR

Religion doesn't need protecting. It needs to come in to the 21st century, and learn to be more flexible : or to disappear.

This archaic clinging to religious habits instituted ages ago is foolish. Times change, societies change, the world changes. Religions failure to adapt to those changes is just further proof of it's close-minded and often bigoted nature. And I'm thinking particularly of such wonderful religious traits as: prohibitions against showing a woman in a picture, which makes it OK to erase women from the picture; rules forcing women to cover themselves from head to toe, lest a hapless man be unable to control his desires; female genital mutilation [not circumsion, it's mutilation]; the plural marriages still practiced by some Morman and Muslim adherents, which say it's perfectly OK to marry female children to old men; and the Catholic Church still insisting that it's followers not practice anything but the rhythm method when it comes to birth control, and that abortion is never an option, even to save the life of the mother.
All of these rules are illogical. But similar in institutionalizing female subservience. Which makes the circumcision question unique in that it's one of the few rules that actually causes males some small measure of pain or discomfort.

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