Saturday, February 9, 2013

Why Circumcise if You Don't Baptize?

Some Christians have their infants circumcised but not baptized.

They say baptism should be a choice a child makes when he is older.

They say the Bible mandates circumcision but not infant baptism.

But it's clear that circumcision, though mandated in the Old Testament, is deemed of no value in the New Testament. See Galatians 5:1-6:

1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. 

So, if neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value, why not leave it as a choice for the child to make as well?

Notice that Paul says "every man who lets himself be circumcised." That sounds to me like someone who can make a choice for himself.

Some Christians, instead of baptizing their infants, have them dedicated.

So how about, instead of circumcising their infants, these parents have their babies' penises dedicated?

Rosemary Rothberg wrote a terrific piece for NOHARMM called, "Circumcision and the Christian Parent." Check it out for more information.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

'Top 10 Tortures Less Painful Than Circumcision'

I found this hilarious comment by a blogger named CARV on another site. I had to steal it! I don't have time to write a full post right now. CARV, thank you for your comment.

Top 10 Tortures Less Painful Than Circumcision

10. Get knocked out by Mohammed Ali.
9. Pull out your fingernails.
8. Eat a pile of steaming bear crap.
7. Skin yourself alive.
6. Fall into a vat of molten iron.
5. Get run over by a train.
4. Go through a sausage grinder.
3. Saw off your legs.
2. Poke out your eyes.
1. Go To Hell

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Circumcision Resources

Looking for more circumcision information?

Check out these pages:

Circumcision: Cut It Out!

I am lucky.

Certain factors, including an admonishing doula, led me to forgo having my son circumcised before I had a chance to see what actually happens.

Thank God.

Have you ever watched an infant circumcision? Have you ever heard the screams? Here; I'll tell you what happens.

A baby is strapped to a board, then his penis is put in a clamp, and the tip sliced off with a scalpel. Meanwhile, the baby screams in agony or goes into shock.

Mind you, babies cannot have anesthesia before 3 months old, and most babies get cut cold turkey.

This, in 21st century America.

I'm dedicating this blog to getting the word out about the reality of infant circumcision. If you have any links or stories, please send them to me.