This week, a German court made circumcising young boys for religious reasons illegal. The decision followed a grievous bodily harm case that was brought against a doctor who had circumcised a four-year-old Muslim boy as per his parents’ wishes. The court’s argument was that the kid’s body was “irreparably and permanently changed” by the operation, and that the religious freedoms of his mom and dad weren’t compromised because he could have had his foreskin sheared when he was a real-life grown-up if he so wished.
I was drinking with my hipster friend Jason the other day when he suddenly piped up that he was due in for a circumcision on Saturday morning. Considering the multi-faceted moral and legal arguments swirling around this issue right now, I decided to go along with Jason and laugh at him getting his dick cut off.