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Religion and Circumcision - June 29th 2013, 11:36 PM

I'm just wondering, what are the religious reasons behind having babies circumcised? Why is it thought to be so impure to have a foreskin?

I guess it just seems kind of weird since they believe a God designed us...and then they're kind of chopping off bits of his design

I'm not really looking for a debate on circumcision just curious and looking for some insight on the religious reasons about it.
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Re: Religion and Circumcision - June 29th 2013, 11:42 PM

well in the Jewish religion I was taught in school that the biblical father Abraham got himself circumcised when he was 99 years old and he suffered a lot from it but since then boys were circumcised as babies because it wasn't as painful. It's done to Jewish boys when they're 8 days old, and it's tradition after Abraham did it who was commanded by god.
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Re: Religion and Circumcision - June 30th 2013, 08:52 PM

It's very common for Americans to circumcise their boys shortly after birth, regardless of religious affiliation. It's something I personally don't understand. I don't practice a religion that mandates it and the health benefits and std risks are not relevant in modern hygiene and contraception use.

I won't be circumcising any future sons that I may have.

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