Ever since the German court case which declared male circumcision to be against the child's interests, I have been mulling over writing a post on the subject (particularly after Jewish and Muslim leaders complained that the decision was contrary to their rights!), but I don't think I could do any better than this piece by Catherine Bennett in the Observer today. She concludes:
"Either the mutilation of children is wrong or, as many resentful supporters of [female genital mutilation] would argue, it is every parent's fundamental right to redesign their child's genitals."The mutilation of children is, of course, wrong and would surely amount to child abuse if it weren't veiled in ancient mumbo-jumbo religious superstitions. After two thousand (or more) years it is really about time that we faced up to this fact.
"Mississippi has officially made it illegal to talk to children about Richard Dawkins, reports the joyously-named website www.laughinginpurgatory.com."Unfortunately for the UK Human Rights Blog, the story was a hoax, as they have since admitted. Now, anyone can fall for a hoax (and, it is true, little would surprise me when it comes to the antics of the American Christian fundamentalists), but it is particularly amusing when the victim is one of this country's most serious law blogs.
Lastly, good on Lady Steele for having a pink jaguar tattooed on her shoulder as a 70th birthday present to herself, thereby "proving that you’re never too old enough to do mad things". I would have liked to see the looks on the faces of the staid old fuddy-duddies in 'respectable social circles' who apparently took a dim view of it.
Right, now I'm off to have a blast in the sunshine in my Caterham...
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*I've wanted to use this post title before, but haven't done so, as it used to be used by Geeklawyer. Sadly, Geeklawyer's Blog is now no more than a distant memory of a great love affair, so I figured it would be OK to use it now without fear of plagiarism.