German court circumcision ban meets wave of criticism

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister added his voice on Thursday to a chorus of criticism of a court decision to ban the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, arguing that such traditions must be permitted in a tolerant society. “Germany is an open-minded, tolerant country where religious freedom is firmly established and religious traditions like circumcision are considered an expression of religious pluralism,” Guido Westerwelle told the daily Bild in an interview to be published in its Friday edition. …
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