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Vienna - Austrian Religious Reps Fear Circumcision Backlash

Published on: July 27, 2012 08:38 AM
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FILE - A mother receives the eight-day-old son from a male family member at the end of the traditional Jewish circumcision ceremony in the Bet Shalom synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, 13 November 2011. EPA/BEA KALLOS Vienna - Senior Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives are demanding that Austria formally declare its backing for circumcisions of male infants on religious grounds.


Their call Friday comes after two provincial governors spoke out against such procedures based on a German court ruling that it could amount to criminal bodily harm.

Last month’s verdict by a German regional court did not ban male circumcision of Muslim or Jewish infants. But it led the German Medical Association to recommend that no unnecessary circumcisions be performed until the legal situation is clarified. That is prompting calls for restrictions in Austria, which does not forbid the practice.

Vorarlberg Governor Marcus Wallner has told hospitals to suspend circumcisions except for health reasons while Carinthia Governor Gerhard Doerfler has called for a nation-wide prohibition by law.

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 Jul 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM aleph Says:

Sad to see history repeating itself. We've come a long way from persecution by the Hellenists, or NOT.

This is just an example of how the holocaust happened through such "enlightened" nations. As the saying goes neither your sting nor your honey. Now they are supposedly protecting our newborns -- thanks but no thanks.


 Jul 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM anonymous Says:

Has nothing with the holocaust except with Jews who found a new place where to to make mney. I was born in Austria and the Leopard does not change the spots


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