Sunday, July 31, 2011

U.S. Jews, Circumcision, and The Law

This is a most interesting story not so much for why U.S. Jews are happy with the decision, but because of the reason for the decision. As I understand this case, it was not won by the plaintiffs based on 'religious freedom' as much as it was won because they argued that medical state laws cannot be over-ruled by municipal laws. Take a look, but also think about the implication for such religious rules in the long-run.

On the other hand, we seem to be in support of male circumcision because many of us recognize it as an Old Testament requirement for the Jewish people and thus we're glad any move to ban circumcision in San Francisco was over-ruled. But what if the issue were about banning female circumcision, a practice engaged in by some cultures that could easily be carried on in America by immigrants from that culture -- would we have wanted the attempt to ban it to be over-ruled?

All this to say that sometimes we need to be careful of the precedent setting that is established by legal decisions favorable to Christians. And furthermore, it points out that Satan is indeed the Prince of the World at the present time, a title that Jesus gave him three times in scriptures. He's still working his evil and entrapment. Believers beware.

US Jews hail decision against San Fran c... JPost - International



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