A small cut for a man, a giant issue for society: Male circumcision pits advocates of religious freedom against secularists and activists of children’s rights.
Parents who have their sons circumcised risk criminal prosecution in countries like Germany. Under some circumstances, religious practices aren’t part of the private sphere.
Circumcision infringes on a child’s right to physical integrity and religious freedom. A powerful policy of deterrence should therefore be established.
The best arguments for circumcision aren’t religious or cultural, but medical.