Germany, the country that brought you industrial genocide and nightmarish medical experiments, has proven that it’s now completely hip and liberal by banning circumcision of children without their consent. The court ruled: “The fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighs the fundamental rights of the parents. The child’s body is permanently and irreparably changed by the circumcision. This change runs counter to the interests of the child, who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.”
The ruling only affects the Cologne region.
The court did not ban circumcision when the child gives consent, a loophole religious groups will probably use to continue the practice with or without actual consent. Both Jewish and Muslim groups have called the ruling an intrusion into religious freedom – the same excuse used by American Mormons when prosecuted for child rape.