There is a movement going around to completely prohibit circumcision in baby boys. Completely. I mean, not even allow it for religious reasons. Seriously.
I am horrified at this idea… mostly because baby boys have been circumcised since the beginning of time (yes they have… go read your Bible). As a practicing Jew, this is one of the holy covenants with God that cannot be broken. So the issue moves ahead to whether our government can criminalize a religious practice. Sound dramatic? Maybe, but the sad fact is that if circumcision is prohibited that means it makes the practice illegal, right? And then what? If you have a mohel perform this religious practice on your child you can go to jail? Really? Jail?
I totally understand the controversy – I really do. And I think it is a decision that should be left up to the parents… PARENTS… not a doctor and certainly not a government official.
I’m really saddened by the fact that our parenting responsibility is slowly being taken away from us. Everything from what foods our kids should eat to how we should discipline them to how we should educate them… the regulations that are put in place to tell us how we should parent are crippling our beliefs, religious practices, morals and ethics. On one side people are out there preaching diversity… on the other side they are preaching conformity and equality. There is one thing nobody is out there preaching: Balance!
Here’s a hint… let us, the parents, the people who know our children better than anybody, do what we do best. Parent.