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Iceland Circumcision Ban Proposal Protested by Religious Groups

Iceland Circumcision Ban Proposal Protested by Religious Groups
Iceland is considering a law that effectively bans circumcision. (Michael Zhang/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 04:34 PM

A law in Iceland's parliament amounting to a circumcision ban, which would be the first such ban in Europe, is being been criticized by religious groups that engage in the ritual.

The law would make it a crime to remove “part or all of the [child’s] sexual organs” for nonmedical reasons, the BBC reported.

Of the 336,000 people who live in Iceland, about 250 are Jews and 1,500 are Muslims, the BBC reported. Jews and Muslims circumcise males at birth, as children, or around puberty as a sign of their relationship with God.

Lawmakers are comparing the ban to a 2005 law banning female genital mutilation, but religious leaders argue that circumcision leaves no lasting effects on males and should be allowed. 

The Nordic Jewish Communities said in a statement that the country is “about to attack Judaism in a way that concerns Jews all over the world,” the BBC reported. 

Egyptian-born Imam Ahmad Seddeeq of the Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland said Monday that the proposed law is an “attack on freedom of religion,” USA Today reported.

Bleeding and infection can be risks of circumcision. There is some evidence that circumcised men are at a slightly lower risk of contracting certain sexually transmitted diseases. 

Circumcision is a common practice in Europe, but native Icelanders are not typically circumcised.

Seddeeq was not sure whether any medical personnel in Iceland are trained in circumcision, and said he took his son back to Egypt to have the procedure done. 

“What is the point in banning something that doesn’t really exist? he asked, USA Today reported.

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A law in Iceland's parliament amounting to a circumcision ban, which would be the first such ban in Europe, is being been criticized by religious groups that engage in the ritual.
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