Circumcision ruling called threat to religion

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, gestures during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 12, 2012. The Conference of European Rabbis has called an emergency meeting in Berlin this week to discuss a German court ruling that circumcising young boys for religious reasons amounts to bodily harm even if parents agree to it. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)A German court's decision that ritual circumcision amounts to criminal bodily harm threatens religious freedom in Europe, a group of European Orthodox rabbis said Thursday.

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