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Is religious circumcision justifiable?


A row has blown up in Germany when a relatively minor court effectively banned the circumcision of babies for religious reasons.

Jews and Muslims were united in their anger, and one Rabbi said it was "perhaps the most serious attack on Jewish life in Europe since the Holocaust".

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, defends religious circumcision saying that parents have the right "to pass on the best of their religious traditions".

" We wouldn't dream of doing it if we thought there was anything detrimental," he told the BBC's Today programme.

Andrew Copson, head of the British Humanist Association, believes there is "no good ethical expiation for surgery... cutting bits off children... if it's medically unnecessary without their consent".

"I don't think that children are solely the property of their parents to do as they wish," he told John Humphrys.

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