Where did this come from: people accusing me of wanting to start the next holocaust, just because I think circumcision is a human rights violation. Whoever is accusing me of being offensive...
|My point? Listen. No, really put down your defenses and listen. You have been offensive since post one. If you care at all about understanding or even abotu changing people's minds you aren't going to do it at all travelling this path.
My OP was never meant to be here. It was posted on the anti-circ forum, where no one but anti-circ'ers were meant to see it. Someone moved it here. I didn't intend to start a debate, but I wanted feedback from other intactivists about how to clarify my ideas to make them cohesive and understandable.
|You are clearly ignorant about many things with regards to this issue, if you care so much about what you see as a violation of human rights then it would behoove you to really understand where people are coming from. How do you plan to convince anyone of anything, to "save these babies" by demeaning thier parents?
I am not ignorant about anything in regards to this issue. I have studied circumcision and its place in Jewish and Muslim culture for years. I simply reject the order of their values in this one case.
I have not been offensive. I know that people really enjoy believing the worst about people, and I think that is wrong.
In my OP, I was trying to express something like when it comes to religion, people can't think straight. Take the Christian Crusades for example, they thought it was their God-ordained duty to go take the Holy Land back for God. I have a fear of getting caught up in something religious that would actually be really bad and not God's will. People want to have faith so bad that they force it and get caught up in their excitement and don't think 'does God really want me to go join a 'holy war' and kill my fellow humanity?' Is something like that really consistent with the spirit of the Divine?
I can safely base my life on Judeo-Christian principles. Forgiveness, mercy, charity, meekness, peace-making, love, service to others, stewardship with the resources I've been given, I think there are more.... I believe these ideals are a greater reality and more like God's will than a command for holy war, or a demand for foreskin sacrifice. The Scriptures seem more like a dialogue between God and people than a monologue directly from God.
I believe it is God's will for my life to seek mercy for newborns. Children's rights in general are heavy in my heart. I think it takes a greater love to have mercy on someone than to cause them harm.