Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Another Thought

Darling Spouse has an interesting take on the whole neonatal circumcision debate:

The people arguing against it -- no matter how reasoned or seemingly objective their arguments may be -- are expressing nothing more than subtle anti-Semitism.

Upon first hearing that opinion, I rejected it. I was impressed with SOME of the points made by SOME of the commenters, so I felt that particular statement was overkill.

With the latest turn of events in the comment trail, though, I am ready to concede the point.


At Tue Jun 26, 03:39:00 PM, Blogger Clark Bartram said...

It is unfortunately not overkill. I've experienced this sad fact before in several other discussions.

At Tue Jun 26, 07:11:00 PM, Blogger Awesome Mom said...

I have nothing but love for the Jewish people. My son Evan would not be alive with out his Jewish Heart surgeon. However I still am not going to circumcise my sons with out more medical evidence that it is necessary. I would never support a ban on the procedure as I believe that those who have it as part of their religion should be free to have it dome with out having to worry about people attacking them and saying it is mutilation. I think it is sad that people would turn a medical discussion into an attack on a religion.

At Wed Jun 27, 12:40:00 AM, Blogger tk said...

Wow--just read the comments section . . .

At Wed Jun 27, 06:39:00 AM, Blogger CrankyProf said...

The only thing I'd add to that is, I see that sort of anti-semitic-- nay, anti-religion --- sentiment all over the damn place. The Muslims and the Jews get it for circumcision.

I've seen the same attacks leveled at Baptism for Catholics and all Christians.

Society, as whole, has become a lot less polite and a lot more judgmental, despite the flourishing of "tolerance."

At Wed Jun 27, 08:17:00 AM, Blogger MedStudentGod (MSG) said...

Clearly some of the commenters were disturbed. It was quite fascinating to see their metamorphosis the more they tried to prove their point. Unfortunately some harbor completely ridiculous ideas that they hold as fact.

As far as tolerance in this day and age: it doesn't exist as we'd like it to. People are so concerned about saying anything that offends that we become more intolerantas we try to not offend based on prejudices.

At Wed Jun 27, 12:10:00 PM, Blogger beajerry said...

That comment section needs its own apartment now!

At Wed Jun 27, 07:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 Dinosaur,

Genital Integrity Rights advocates oppose involuntary non-therapeutic circumcision across the board. Do you assume all such people are also anti-[insert other culture practicing male circumcision]? If not, why not?

At Fri Jul 31, 07:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

English and Pagan, if it matters. Didn't get my son done because they just don't ask - and it didn't occur to me - when he was born (however, another procedure was offered to correct a small defect, and I went totally rabid at the thought of anyone coming near him with a scalpel!) He still has that defect, but has since elected to be circumcised. His choice. His body. I suspect if anyone had bothered asking, I would have offered to insert the scalpel in an orifice of their choice and keep twisting til they stopped screaming. I was very wolflike in my reaction to sudden motherhood.


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