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May Flashback: San Francisco to Vote on Circumcision, Bishop Eddie Long Settles & More

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend — prayers and picnics alike.

Here’s my top five list interesting faith-related news from the past few weeks worth keeping an eye on:

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posted May 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

While I have sympathy for John Walker Lindh’s father, his son was unbelievably naive and foolish. He fought against US personal in a foreign army and the odds of clemency are nearly zero. It may or may not be right, but his continued spirituality coupled with the “soft on terrorists” political attack ensures he’ll serve out his sentence.

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Ron Low

posted May 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Not one national medical association on earth (not even Israel’s) endorses routine circumcsion.

It’s settled law that the 1st amendment doesn’t grant the right to harm or neglect a child in the name of religion. Just ask a Snake Handler, Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Scientist, Latter Day Saint, or Muslim. Even a genital pin-poke to draw one ceremonial drop of blood is illegal, with no religious exemption.

The 14th amendment demands equal protection under the law. We can’t fail to protect a child just because of his gender, and we can’t fail to protect him just because of his family’s faith.

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posted June 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm

The proposed ban would protect the boy’s First Amendment right to choose or change his own religion when he is old enough, and not have one pre-emptively carved into his flesh. While I don’t know of any religion that excludes a circumcised man, Sikhism ,for one, values the intact body, not even cutting the hair, and a man might well feel he couldn’t be “a real Sikh” if he was circumcised, just as many people think he could not be “a real Jew” if he was not. But in the second case, he still has the choice.

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