To The Editor:
You note that the deputy director of Sweden's National Board
of Health and Welfare admits that the injuries leading to
Sweden's restrictions on circumcision were the result mainly
of Islamic circumcision (on teenage boys) -- yet the law
applies equally to Jewish circumcision on babies, where
problems are extremely rare.
A similar situation arose some years back in the U.K. when a
government investigation into "ritual slaughter" concluded
that various dreadful, inhumane activities had taken place in
ritual slaughterhouses. When a dayan challenged the
government minister responsible for the report to say which
kosher slaughterhouses had committed the various shocking
infringements, he was told, eventually, that all the
"atrocities" had in fact occurred in Muslim slaughterhouses.
When asked why the report lumped together Jewish and Muslim
methods of slaughter, condemning both, when only Muslims were
at fault, the minister admitted that it had been done to
"avoid charges of racism" involved in criticizing Muslims.
The same deception seems to be taking place in Sweden and for
the same reason, in the light of Islamic terrorists.
We have an obligation both to publicize the truth and to call
for a change in the Swedish law, limiting the restrictions to
circumcision performed on males more than one year old.