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    • Andyboy
    • 11.06.11 | 12:56 (IDT)

    All criticism of religious beliefs can be deemed by somebody to be insulting. One can only but question the true depth of a belief that is so sensitive that it regards any adverse viewpoint - whether expressed during a drunken rant or as a satirical joke - as being in some way blasphemous. Putting aside the medical aspects of circumcision - whether positive or negative- we should look instead at the morality involved of parents pre-determining their child's future whether by physical intervention or religious teaching. To paraphrase Richard Dawkins - there is no such thing as a Jewish child or a Christian child or a Moslem child. There are just children whose lives are directed into directions they are too young to control. How moral is that? By all means teach them ethics and the basics of right and wrong (as defined by the particular society in which they live) but stay away from religion - unless you are willing to explain it on a comparative basis only - and include Charles Darwin in the explanations

    from the article: Actor Russell Crowe apologizes for anti-circumcision Twitter rant
    First published 10:56 11.06.11 | Last updated 10:56 11.06.11
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