lifted from aftenposten.no
Its interesting to see how a little useless skin flap has got the passions boiling. Meanwhile, the Syrians keep dying in throes…. I have since long lost count of the number of children who die per day due to starvation. Oh wait, nobody is interested in those kinds of problems…. Good reply from Jagland, although he could brush up his basic knowledge on Judaism. But the bottom line is very clear. Kudos!
A Jewish Right
Author : Thorbjørn Jagland , Secretary General , Council of Europe
Aftenposten’s Inger Anne Olsen writes in her piece on Sunday that when I appear on Monday as the guest of honor at what is probably the largest gathering of rabbis in Europe after the war, the Council of Europe’s resolution on circumcision is likely to come up. This was a resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly, a consultative body. On such issues, it is the European Convention of Human Rights and the Court that speaks on behalf of the Council.
Given this, I clearly defend the right to freedom of religion and circumcision. This, and because the Jews in Europe look to us as a strong supporter in the struggle against the resurgence of antisemitism, that I am tonight’s guest of honor.
Jews view the right to practice their religion as fundamental to their ability to live at all in Europe. A covenant Circumcision has its origins in the Torah , where it is mentioned 13 times . We know of Abraham’s encounter with God – the forefather of the Jewish people. God told him to kill his only son Isaac to prove the he obeyed God. When Abraham raises his knife, God’s angels stop him. He had proved that he was willing to obey. This sealed the covenant between God and the Jewish people . God ordered all male Jews to be circumcised to judge as evidence of that they are Jews . That circumcision happens aspects of the eighth day is important : It was at this day Abraham Isaac changed its name to Israel.
Circumcision is therefore a basic act in Judaism and among the Jewish people. To allow newborn circumcision means to secure continuity of the Jewish people’s continued existence.
Notice of hard times
In the light of history nobody should be surprised that the new demands to prohibit or restrict circumcision creates fear among Jews. Each time this has happened before, they have turned out to be precursors to oppression and pogroms. In today’s Europe there is particular reason to be cautious about intervening in people’s religious convictions. The growing religious diversity we have has explosive potential. We see how extremist forces take advantage of differences and ignorance. ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼
We can not put everything into our often rational , medical and scientific way of thinking. To us, circumcision appears as a traumatic event. And then we immediately turn it into a medical problem we can solve with prohibitions or age limits. In this country, we like to pronounce good intentions every year in speeches and editorials in connection with Kristallnacht. But when it comes to a real understanding of Jewish religious convictions and the fears they have on the basis of European history, we often come up short. Then we argue that “our” identity is the what matters .
Instead of prohibitions and restrictions should we ensure that circumcision can occur under the best medical conditions. It’s the least we can do to safeguard a minority that also our people tried to annihilate .