Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Wait... they'll blame this on Rabbi Tendler, too.


A San Diego based group that calls itself a health and human rights organization recently submitted a proposed bill to Congress called the Male Genital Mutilation Bill ('MGM bill'). The bill, if adopted, would ban the practice of circumcising baby boys.

The MGM bill has not yet found a Congressional sponsor and is therefore unlikely to go anywhere in the near future, so no reason to panic. Nonetheless, it raises important questions about the relationship between the protection of children, gender equality, and religious freedom, questions that have ramifications beyond the proposed bill itself.