September 18, 2012
What Can Unite Jews and Muslims? Circumcision
The Economist, The Economist
ON SEPTEMBER 9th hundreds of Muslims and Jews marched side by side along the streets of Berlin in protest at a new local ordinance requiring circumcision to be carried out in a sterile environment, with “as little pain as possible” (assumed to mean with local anaesthesia) and only with both parents’ consent. For both faiths, that was an attack on religious freedom.