Sweden’s largest church supports Jewish and Muslim circumcision

Sweden’s largest church is supporting a parent’s right to have non-medical circumcision performed on boys for religious reasons.

The Swedish Church in a document titled “view on male circumcision” asserted that the practice, which is performed by Jews, Muslims and some Christians, “does not in itself contravene the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child” and “is a significant identity creation act from a religious, ethnic and cultural perspective” enshrined by religious freedoms.

The subject of non-medical circumcision of boys, or milah, is controversial in Europe, and especially in Scandinavia, where it is under attack both by liberals citing children’s welfare issues and anti-immigration activists who oppose it as a foreign import.

Non-medical circumcision is legal across Europe.


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