Germany: “Yep, We Still Hate Jews”

Did you know that Germany banned circumcision in May? True fact!

Why?

I … I just don’t know. I know some people get seriously het up about this issue [coughAndrewSullivancough], but I always assumed it was just gay guys and their phallic obsessions. I didn’t know a whole nation has suddenly gone nuts over penises.

I know what you’re thinking: this one of those guideline-type things, and they’re just recommending against it. Maybe they’ll just issue a warning or something.

Nope.

A complaint was filed in Germany on Tuesday against Rabbi David Goldberg, the chief rabbi of the city of Hof in Bavaria, by a German doctor. The reason for the complaint was inflicting “physical harm” on a boy by circumcising him.

The case comes just as the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, is visiting Berlin in a bid to garner support for the continuation of Jewish circumcisions after a court in Cologne ruled in May that circumcisions cause physical harm and are therefore illegal.

The doctor, a resident of the German state of Hesse, filed the complaint against Goldberg on the basis of the Cologne ruling. The public prosecutor of Hof, Gerhard Schmitt, confirmed the information in a conversation with the Jewish-German newspaper Juedische Allgemeine. Schmidtt added that it has not yet been decided whether legal proceedings would be carried out against the rabbi.

The problem arose after a doctor (not a mohel) botched a circumcision on a Muslim (not Jewish) boy, leading to Widespread Outrage and the general idea the Something Must Be Done to protect the precious foreskins of young German manhood from the death blades of the International Zionist Conspiracy. Or something.

Yes, this is real.

The complaint follows a court ruling banning the procedure for anything but medical reasons. I don’t know why a parental choice about circumcision is anyone else’s business, but some people care way too much about this subject. Go to an anti-circumcision site and read the deranged fantasies about children being strapped down and mutilated against their will by a barbaric religious cult. Good fun, in a Der Sturmerkind of way.

Julius Streicher meets Rob Liefeld

Germany decided that this Final Solution business had resulted in a spot of bad PR, so they’d just go ahead and functionally ban Judaism in their country with a BS ruling that criminalizes the brit milah, still held by the vast majority of Jews to be a Biblically-mandated sign of the covenant. (Yes, there are Jews who reject circumcision and have created various workaround welcoming rituals, but they’re in the minority.)

And before you start revving your dudgeon into high gear: I’m half German. So, honestly: save it.

Now I’m really going to blow the mind of the Uncut Lovers Club with this headline: Declining rates of US infant male circumcision could add billions to health care costs.

A team of disease experts and health economists at Johns Hopkins warns that steadily declining rates of U.S. infant male circumcision could add more than $4.4 billion in avoidable health care costs if rates over the next decade drop to levels now seen in Europe.

In a report to be published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine online Aug. 20, the Johns Hopkins experts say the added expense stems from new cases and higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and related cancers among uncircumcised men and their female partners. They say the study is believed to be the first cost analysis to account for increased rates of multiple infectious diseases associated with lower rates of male circumcision, including HIV/AIDS, herpes and genital warts, as well as cervical and penile cancers. Previous research focused mostly on HIV, the single most costly disease whose risk of infection is decreased by male circumcision, a procedure that removes foreskin at the tip of the penis, hindering the buildup of bacteria and viruses in the penis’ skin folds.

According to the team’s analysis, if U.S. male circumcision rates among men born in the same year dropped to European rates, there would be an expected 12 percent increase in men infected with HIV (or 4,843); 29 percent more men infected with human papillomavirus (57,124); a 19 percent increase in men infected with herpes simplex virus (124,767); and a 211 percent jump in the number of infant male urinary tract infections (26,876). Among their female sex partners, there would be 50 percent more cases each of bacterial vaginosis (538,865) and trichomoniasis (64,585). The number of new infections with the high-risk form of human papillomavirus, which is closely linked to cervical cancer in women, would increase by 18 percent (33,148 more infections).

Stupid doctors and their stupid facts!

UPDATE: I have a feeling this post is about to get buried by angry anti-circumcision comments. I already had a bunch and I’ve let some post. I don’t have time to monitor this right now, and it’s just not a debate that I intend to host, so I’m turning off comments. Bottom line: it’s a parental choice, end of subject.

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  • elGaucho

    Odd that they say that circumcision to an infant causes harm and therefore must be banned. There is no evidence for the harm at all. And as you said, the harm no longer seems valid when circumcision is shown to be preventative care because it would be harmful to keep the foreskin. What about the harm caused by being an uncircumcised male member of a Jewish family? Someone should file a complaint against the doctor for causing harm by giving someone a shot or sewing a stitch.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    I watched my son’s circumcision. It was slightly less traumatic than his first haircut.

  • David

    My family was/is not Jewish. Regardless, my brothers were circumcised at birth, but for geographical reasons at the time I was born, I was the only male in our family who was not circumcised at birth. Consequently, I would later endure years of years of sporadic unnecessary and embarrassing discomfort (pain) in my adult sex life. This included open abrasions/sores that were enough that I would frequently have to abstain from sexual intimacy with my wife, just to ensure I didn’t inadvertently transmit an infection, or possibly worse, to her. Finally, in my mid-thirties, a doctor recommended that I be circumcised.

    What a relief – both intimately and hygienically! My only regret is that I didn’t have the procedure performed earlier – such as, at birth.

    I have good reason to highly recommend to parents that they do their male babies a service and have them circumcised at birth. You will be doing them a favour, even if they never know it.

  • Mihai-Robert Soran

    An insane comment, with no tie as ever to any reality perceivable by normal Jews not blinded by primitive religious ideologies (not beliefs!)

  • Mihai-Robert Soran

    Each skipped male circumcision may cause an additional $ 313 in medical bills. Each circumcision costs between 500 to 2000 USD.
    It’s much cheaper to skip MC. And it leaves men with a much more pleasing sex experience due to 5000 more nervous endings in the prepuce. Most of the reported infections counted for by the Hopkins researcher is related to frequent switching of sex partners without use of condoms …
    Using consequently condoms, taking hygiene seriously and limiting sex to trustworthy partners would leave the medical bills at similar levels, regardless of MC.

  • Mihai-Robert Soran

    I am a circumcised Jewish German and I reject MC forced upon kids. MC should be the free choice of the Jewish boys at age 13 (bar mizvah) or later. Barbarian superstitions shouldn’t constitute the kernel of a serious religion.
    Don’t forget: Moses, his children and his followers were not circumcised. Still, God has led them out from Egypt to Canaan (where the indigenous Canaanites were circumcised – irony of the history)

  • victor

    “I didn’t know a whole nation has suddenly gone nuts over penises.”

    I totally just heard a 1940s newsreel announcer’s voice in my head saying that (or something similar) over a bunch of grainy 18fps stock-footage of Germans cavorting.

  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    I particularly enjoyed the 1930s style Jewish caricatures in the comic, complete with a blond haired, blue eyed hero saving the day. I mean, wow.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    News …. ON THE MARCH!


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