Is there any other context, other than religion, that someone could get away with cutting a piece off a baby’s penis, and then using ‘direct oral suction’, without seeming like a sick, twisted, perverted a-hole?
Imagine for a minute, you’ve just brought the newest member of your family home – a baby boy. Someone comes to your door with blade in hand and tells you that they’re required to cut a piece off his penis and then put the newly cut portion of the genitalia in their mouth so they can apply suction.
Would this ever be acceptable, especially since we have medical equipment and surgeons that could do a ‘better’ job of it?
Apparently, if you’re an Orthodox Jew, it’s not only permissible, but some parents feel obligated to put their children under the knife because…well…God.
Two New York City infants were diagnosed with herpes after undergoing a traditional Orthodox Jewish circumcision, NBC4 reports.
According to the Health Department, both babies developed lesions on their genitals shortly after having the metzitzah b’peh, a practice in which the mohel — a person trained to perform the “covenant of circumcision” — uses a direct oral suction technique to swab blood from the infant’s penis, was performed on them.
More than half of all adults carry the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) , according to Brian F. Leas, a research analyst in the Center for Evidence-based Practice at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. But the symptoms that present in those adults are oral lesions, or cold sores, and not life-threatening. In infants, however, HSV-1 can cause high fever and seizures — and in two cases since 1998, even death.
And like many other out-of-date religious practices, such as faith healing and exorcism, the child often pays for the poor decision making of its parents and clergy; in this case, two children now have herpes.
In my opinion, this practice should be outlawed. It’s dangerous and children need to be protected by law from superstition fueled clergy and parents. If someone wants to be circumcised, they can always have the procedure when they’re old enough to make up their own mind – unless it’s a medical necessity that someone get circumcised, in which case, it should be performed by a physician in a medical environment.
But even if you think circumcision is perfectly acceptable, the idea that clergy are more qualified than medical practitioners is absurd and clearly can have horrendous consequences for the child.
There is no way that priests should be sticking a baby’s genitalia in their mouth under any circumstances.