Iceland bishop voices concern over proposed circumcision ban

Catholic News Agency | 3/8/2018 | Staff
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Reykjavik, Iceland, Mar 8, 2018 / 11:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Iceland's parliament continues to consider a bill that would bar circumcision for non-medical reasons, the head of the country's Catholic diocese has expressed concerns over religious persecution.

“To us it looks like this can be an opportunity for those who are interested in this matter to misuse the subject of circumcision in an attempt to persecute individuals for their religion,” said Bishop David Tencer of Reykjavik, according to RUV, Iceland's public broadcaster.

Circumcision - Ritual - Judaism - Islam - Boys

Circumcision is a religious ritual in both Judaism and Islam. Jewish boys are circumcised eight days after birth, while Muslim practices vary widely.

The proposed bill states that “Anyone who...causes damage to the body or health of a child or a woman by...removing sexual organs shall be imprisoned for up to 6 years.”

Female - Mutilation - Iceland

Female genital mutilation has been banned in Iceland since 2005.

The bill was introduced by Silja Dogg Gunnarsdóttir of the Progressive Party of Iceland, who said, “We are talking about children's rights, not about freedom of belief. Everyone has the right to believe in what they want, but the rights...
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