"Saying that religious ritual should be above reproach simply because it is religious is anti-intellectual and obfuscating at best," says Mira Sucharov. This is precisely the reason why there are plenty of circumcision "researchers" trying to make circumcision analogous to a "vaccine" against HIV, cancer, or what have you. "If we took Kula’s advice, and kept the emotional experience front and center, the cartoonist would be able to understand (as he may very well, already) the deeply affective resonance of the contemporary act of symbolic entry into covenant." Or, we might still see it as barbaric as we see female circumcision. There would never be enough "medical evidence" to justify female circumcision. And, if it isn't already obvious, opponents of it couldn't care less of the "emotional experience" of those imposing it on girls. This continues to be, as in the "it's our religion" quip, an appeal to emotion.
Palestinians, IDF clash in Jalazone after funeral of teen killed by IDF on Friday (Haaretz)