Religious circumcision causes grievous bodily harm, German court rules

The regional court in Cologne, western Germany ruled on Tuesday that circumcising young boys on religious grounds causes grievous bodily harm. The case was brought against a doctor after a 4-year-old Muslim boy he had circumcised was brought to the hospital bleeding heavily a few days later.

The court has stood its ground against outrage from the Jewish community and cries of religious intolerance, stating that “the religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised, if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised.”

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