James Holmes

Infant Death Linked to Blood Sucking Circumcision Ritual

Filed By James Holmes | March 07, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: circumcised penis, Judaism, Religious

vampire.jpgWhat the fuck!?

A New York City newborn's death has been linked to a herpes infection passed to the child during an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual knows as metzitzah b'peh in which the blood from the circumcision is sucked from the wound by the Rabbi.

While I understand this has deep religious roots to some, circumcision puts children at risk of infection and death for a procedure that is not medically necessary or arguably beneficial.

I recently did a post on a new book by actor Alan Cumming in which he discusses all things circumcision. He is a strong supporter of ending the practice. In the comments section of that post, one of the most common arguments in favor of circumcision was on religious grounds. I have trouble arguing against that one, but I do agree with how NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg puts it here:

There's probably nobody in public life who fights harder for the separation of church and state than me. But religious liberty simply does not extend to injuring others or putting children at risk.

But where is that line drawn? Only when the procedure is performed under unsanitary conditions? Or is the procedure in itself destructive enough to constitute as child endangerment?

Let me know your thoughts. Is there a religious gray-area worth keeping here?

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