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Jewish Faith, Circumcision, and Religious Freedom

posted on July 4, 2012

At First Things, Robert P. George encourages Christians to be “particularly outspoken in defending the rights of Jews and the Jewish people” in light of a recent German court decision that ruled circumcision inflicts bodily harm, and is therefore a punishable offense. According to George, “to prohibit [circumcision] is, in effect, to forbid Jews from being Jews.” George calls the ruling “an outrageous assault on the religious liberty and the rights of conscience of Jews” and other religious communities that practice circumcision. 

Read at First Things