The Oregon Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday in the case of a father who wants his 12-year-old son to be circumcised. His ex-wife — the boy’s mother — is fighting the request. Listen to NPR report.
No parent should be allowed to affect their kids physically due to religious belief. Period. This means surgically altering their genitalia or refusing medical care such as blood transfusions, medications or vaccines. Everyone by now has heard about the HPV vaccine and religious opposition to it spelled out well by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, “I personally object to vaccinating children against a disease that is 100% preventable with proper sexual behavior.” Of course the obvious flaws in this clown’s logic are:
1) What about a momentary lapse in judgement?
The whole point of religions like christianity is that we’re born flawed, right? And children especially make mistakes, so how can you have no safety plan? You’ll put a helmet and pads on your kids when they ride a bike, but won’t grant a vaccine to safeguard against cancer?
2) What about rape?
3) What about if kids redefine “sex”?
Probably taking lessons from christian apologetics where the illogical and contradictory sections of the bible are either ignored or redefined, they’re redefining what’s sex, as in oral and anal aren’t considered sex by them. Nice (personal note – I grew up in the wrong era). So ok, this avoids cervical cancer but not STDs and the big one, AIDs since, of course, they’ve already objected to condoms for the kids. People are even lying now about their religious beliefs in order to opt out of vaccines. Religion shouldn’t even be an option for opting out of anything!
But back to the point, genitalia. We can scoff or be horrified by the muslim world’s female genital cutting and get all sanctimonious about how “those” people are barbarians, but right here in the US 3 out of 5 boys have their penises snipped at birth. Now in fairness, many have subscribed to the myth that it’s healthier and more hygienic but where did that come from? Religious bullshit, like the US being founded as a christian nation or we can’t have morals without a god. This is what happens when religious bullshit goes unchallenged, not even our genitals are safe. First they’re mutilated, then we’re given strict instructions for what we can’t do with them. It’s insane.
It may be arguable whether religion inflicts mental damage on children, but there can be no doubt of the physical damage. Certainly abstinence programs are having no positive effect on the numbers of teen pregnancy or STDs, especially AIDS. Kids suffer and sometimes die every year because their parents refuse medical care for them, preferring prayer instead. And here we are with some poor 12 year old boy whose penis is a prize in some twisted divorce court battle involving religion where it lies, quite literally, with the sword of Damocles teetering above it.