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  • Writer's pictureRav Hayim Leiter

'Thank You' Doesn't Seem Enough

Iceland nearly banned circumcision this year. It all began last February when MP Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir of the Progressive party proposed a bill threatening a six year prison sentence for anyone who performs a non-medically necessary circumcision on an individual under 18 years of age. When the news first broke, I have to admit, things looked grim. It appeared that Iceland would be the first country to ban circumcision and that other European countries would quickly follow suit. At that time, I began to contemplate how I could get involved to stop this gastly violation of religious freedom.

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