Religious leaders are not happy with Iceland’s Proposed Ban

Religious leaders say the proposed ban on male circumcision goes against their beliefs.

The Guardian reports that the country could be the first European country to outlaw the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons.

If passed, anyone found guilty will face six years imprisonment.

Silja Dogg Gunnarsdottir, the lawmaker for the centrist Progressive Party, who introduced the bill this month, says, “This is fundamentally about not causing unnecessary harm to a child."

For her, male circumcision is a violation of human rights “since boys are not able to give an informed consent of an irreversible physical intervention.”

Religious leaders on Iceland’s proposed ban on male circumcision

Numerous sources say European religious leaders are not happy with the proposed bill, a 4,000-year-old religious practice for Jews and Muslims.

Imam Salmann Tamimi addressed the ban during Friday services, according to New York Post.

In his words, “Circumcision is harmless if it’s done at a hospital. This bill is appealing to people’s emotion, not evidence. This is an attack on all religion and especially Judaism.”

He was supported by Rabbi Avi Feldman of the Chabad Jewish Center, who recently became Iceland’s first permanent rabbi.

Speaking with the AP, he said he is hopeful that the “rights for people of all faiths will be preserved and respected.”

Feldman added that circumcision is a bedrock for Jews and a core Jewish practice.

The president of the Catholic Church in the European Union, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, also said that proposal is a “dangerous attack” on religious freedom.

“Protecting the health of children is a legitimate goal of every society, but in this case this concern is instrumentalized, without any scientific basis, to stigmatize certain religious communities. This is extremely worrying, ” Marx said, according to the Catholic News Agency.

So far, the bill has gotten support from 422 Icelandic doctors and eight co-sponsors in the 63-seat Iceland parliament.

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