THE DIRTY ARMY: Nik, I’ve been reading this in the papers over here in NYC and I had to get your opinion on the matter. Over the past decade in the ultra orthodox jewish community, at least one other newborn died after contracting herpes from the rite, in which the rabbi draws blood from the penis with his mouth. Then Less than a year after a Brooklyn tot died following an ancient circumcision ritual, the rabbis now say they will IGNORE a proposed law that would mandate parental-consent forms before performing the dangerous procedure. EVEN THOUGH Two children are dead, more are injured — they say they plan to defy a health order in the name of religious freedom and call it an “Evil Plan”. And about 200 rabbis have already signed a proclamation. Most modern “mohels” — men trained to perform religious circumcisions, who are usually rabbis or doctors — remove blood from the baby’s wound using a sterile pipette. Now don’t get me wrong Nik, I’m proud to live in America and I think it’s important that people are allowed to practice whatever religion they want. But this is where it starts to get into the grey area…when church and state come into question. People are entitled to their own religious practices. But when a child’s health is at risk, is it ok for the government to step in?
Only a doctor should cut Gregs. I decided.- nik