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Is Circumcision Barbaric? Russell Crowe Thinks So.

circumcision, anti-circumcision

Tools of a barbarian?

We all know Russell Crowe isn’t exactly the most level-headed guy in the world, but his recent anti-Semitic, anti-circumcision remarks on Twitter make his 2005 phone-throwing incident seem almost quaint.  In response to a fan who asked if he would circumcize his newborn son, Crowe wrote in various tweets, “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid.  Who are you to correct nature?  I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires.  Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin?”

Then he “went on to single out the Jewish community,” Contact Music reports, by saying:

“I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies.  if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f**k off, I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”

According to Contact Music, Crowe is about to star in kung-fu movie The Man With the Iron Fists penned by Jewish writer/producer/actor Eli Roth.  The Jewish Daily Forward says that Crowe directed one of his tweets at Roth, who responded with, “You didn’t seem to be complaining when I was recutting you this afternoon…”  Ouch!

After Crowe realized he’d offended Roth and likely everyone who read his tweets, he deleted them and sent out an apology.  “I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities, I’m very sorry that I have said things on here that have caused distress.  My personal beliefs aside I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others.  I am very sorry.”

The Intactivist movement has grown quite strong in the past several years, yet some people feel a religious and/or cultural duty to circumcise their sons.  I will admit, though, I am sort of troubled by the double standard that most Americans seem to feel: circumcising girls is bad, circumcising boys is okay.  Why are we willing to accept cultural relativism in terms of Jewish beliefs about male circumcision but not Muslim beliefs about female circumcision?  What do you think?!


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