@Mercie246: @ Mercie246 : "Ridiculous, I have had my three sons circumcised and I feel that this helps them stay free of bacteria. Infections have never been an issue."Mercie, you simply "feel" wrong. The body (all parts) are covered by bacteria all the time. Much of this bacteria is an essential part of the immune system and is called "beneficial bacteria." Despite the urban myths, few intact males will have infections, somewhere around 1%. Females have a much higher risk of these infections (~4%) Using this information, it is the females that should be being circumcised.
@PickODuhLitter: PickODuhLitter wrote: It is against to constitution to infringe on the right of the people to to practice their religion of choice."You are correct that the religion can not be banned but practices within religions can be controlled or eliminated. Such well known practices such as snake handling or denying medical care and praying over a child can and has been addressed by the courts. In my area several years ago, a Pastor at a local church got into trouble for inflicting corporal punishment (spanking) the children of the congregation and was sent to prison. His defense was straight from The Bible, "Spare the rod and spoil the child." The court said "No, you're going to prison.""Freedom of religion" also implies "Freedom from religion." This comes from our beginings in The British Isles where there was the "Official State Church." The forefathers of this nation decided that was not good and every citizen could worship as he chose. As a result, we have over 200 religious denominations and we are free to worship at any one of them we please. Infant ritual circumcision is an attempt to subvert this by marking the child with a religion from near birth. The courts have also had their say in this matter. A couple (Tennessee I believe) tattooed a cross on their infant daughter's stomach identifying her as a Christian. The courts said an emphathetic "NO." This was an attempt to eliminate free choice of religion (or non-religion) much as ritual circumcision does.
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