The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Circumcision Rights Bill Set To Pass in Germany

Case closed: circumcision is about to be made legal in Germany. A new bill is wending its way through the Bundestag and will likely pass early next week. The Times of Israel has the details:

Ritual circumcisions can be performed by “a person chosen by a religious community who is especially trained” for such procedures, the bill postulates. In practice, that means that traditional Jewish circumcisers, or mohels, will continue to be able to perform circumcisions if they possess the necessary medical know-how.

We’ve been on the lookout for something like this happening, since both Germany’s leaders and the parliament have previously voiced opposition to the earlier barbaric court ruling which had the effect of criminalizing a key ritual practice of Judaism and Islam. We leave the last word to Dieter Graumann, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany: “It is a clear political signal that Jews and Muslims are still welcome in Germany. We are happy that Jewish commandments and Jewish life are not being pushed into illegality.”

Published on October 5, 2012 7:00 pm