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German Minister Moves To Calm Circumcision, Religious Freedom Fears

posted on July 3, 2012

After a German state court ruled that “circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to bodily harm even if parents consent,” Germany’s foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said, “The free exercise of religion is protected in Germany,” reports the Associated Press. In response, religious groups expressed skepticism towards the minister’s assurance. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, pushes the government “to exercise its authority and take a clear stand against this ruling and in line with the German constitution which guarantees religious freedom.”

Read at Associated Press