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Some Religious Leaders See a Threat as Europe Grows More Secularposted on September 21, 2012
For The New York Times, Jack Ewing chronicles the growing debate over circumcision in Germany, and its larger implications for religious freedom in Europe. Ewing profiles Rabbi David Goldberg, “a jovial 64-year-old Israeli” who performs circumcisions in Germany where the religious rite has recently been outlawed. Ewing observes that the tensions between the religious and the secular have become ingrained in European society. “The dispute reflects the ever deeper secularization of European life that, in the eyes of some religious leaders, had mutated into a form of intolerance,” writes Ewing.