pondering thoughts (got long)
Originally Posted by loving-my-babies
ok, I have heard the whole "circ'ing prevents cancer, AIDS and infection" crap. I know it's just something doctors/parents say because they feel guilty about circ'ing their sons (when they don't want to admit they have been wrong all along), but I want to know WHY do they still do this???
I am quite curious about the literary and cultural background of the Jewish tradition of circumcising. I am curious about the Muslim tradition as well. I am curious to note that these faiths originate near one another globally (correct me if you think I am wrong here). Was there something going on during a part of our worlds history that circumcision really addressed and so it became part of a tradition? Is it mentioned in the bible? Does this hold up with the many different interpretations and translations of the bible? I think a vital part of a religious practice is having faith. It is not difficult for me to understand why circumcision continues within a religious context. If one were to choose to go against the practices of their religious culture, wouldn't it be only because they accept another faith as well? I know this brings up all kinds of rights issues such as what is rightfully a parents choice...... please no lectures here. I am only finding compassion to understand the complexity of the issue.
I hope I'm not out of line to be posting this? I have no religious debate in mind. I have no bashing intent. It is a complex issue which deserves great thought, determination, and compassion.
Certainly our culture has many stories which support circumcision. I read "Operating Instructions" which is a funny book based on a mothers journal. In it she mentions circumcising her son because of all the medical reasons (which those who have researched know now are not true). I don't know what the prevalent thought was when she had her son. I wonder how many moms-to-be read this book thinking that what she wrote is truth. Would she add a disclaimer saying that the AAP states that there is no medical reason? I know it has been a popular book, how many have been influenced by it?