Tuesday, July 23, 2002

UGH: I'll argue with those who think the circumcision of boys before their eight days old is barbaric (even a Christian can't just toss out 5000 years of Jewish law and history), especially now that local anesthetic is generally used, but I can't argue with those who think the Afghan tradition of circumcizing boys between the ages of two and five without any anesthetic is barbaric. Fortunately, the Turkish doctors who performed mass circumcisions today on boys between the ages of 2 and 11 who had missed out on the traditional ceremonies gave them a local before the procedure was done with a "soldering-iron gun."

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