Just to clarify, I think I used the word "argue" when I did not mean it. I do respect that all individuals make choices, religious or otherwise and I respect individual choice and try not to assume my POV is the right one for others. when conversations arise where there is dialogue, I would openly share my choice and opinion but I would not contradict someone if they were sharing their story. So if someone was telling me about their son's bris, I say mazel tov, I do not think they are doing something wrong. But I do not think that choices are made more valid by wrapping religion around them, that is all that I meant, so someone who hates a certain group bc of religion does not have more of a right to do so than someone who does so just because of choice.
And to make a potentially less volatile comparison, I am a HUGE BFing advocate but I know several people who made a choice to formula feed, (who had no medical issues) and while I wish they had made another choice, I would never say anything bc I am not in their life. If a discussion came up, I would share why I do and why I believe in it but I think life is so hard and complicated in general that we are all doing the best we can and as parents, and friends, we offer support and dialogue.
and easttowest. .yes, I was def not comparing M and F circ, just bringing up issues that can be tied to cultural things. One of my friends is a moyle and I do not think she is a barbarian
prettyisa, hope the pinkeye goes away quickly, it's just yucky, and that's funny about the bathroom.
wishin .. interesting info about cultural entry points and ritual, I do think that that all makes it more complicated, and "belonging" is such a hard thing in many circumstances