Germany's circumcision ban angers religious groups
German Muslim and Jewish leaders urged lawmakers to pass legislation protecting the right to circumcise boys after a court ruling against the practice. German Muslim and Jewish leaders urged lawmakers to pass legislation protecting the right to circumcise boys after a court ruling against the practice when carried out on religious grounds. Around 20 organizations representing most of Germany's four million Muslims said parliament must ensure religious freedom by eliminating the legal uncertainty surrounding the rite since the June 26 ruling by a court in Cologne. "We call on the German Bundestag (lower house) and the government to act as quickly as possible to put an end to this legal insecurity and establish legal safeguards allowing the circumcision of boys," said Gurcan Mert of the Turkish Islamic Union, speaking on behalf of the other groups. In a decision that also sparked outrage among Jewish groups and which could set a legal precedent, the regional court in this western city ruled against a doctor in Cologne who had circumcised a four-year-old Muslim boy on his parents' wishes. The judges found that the "fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents". "The religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised," the court added. But it specified that circumcision was not <b>...</b>
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