Tuesday, April 19, 2016

British Judge Rules In Muslim Parents' Dispute Over Sons' Circumcisions

In Exeter (county Devon) in England, a family court judge has ruled that a Muslim father cannot have his 4 and 6 year old sons circumcised over the objection of the boys' mother who is now separated from the father.  As reported yesterday by The Plymouth Herald, the father, a devout Muslim living in England but who was born in Algeria, argued that circumcision would be in accordance with his religious beliefs and in the boys' best interests. The judge said that she is deferring any decision on ordering the circumcision until the boys are old enough to make mature choices on their own, and are able to appreciate the consequences and longer-term effects of their decisions.  However this does not mean that they must reach adulthood before making their decisions. The judge said in part:
First and foremost, this is a once and for all, irreversible procedure.  There is no guarantee that these boys will wish to continue to observe the Muslim faith with the devotion demonstrated by their father, although that may very well be their choice.