A tradition, known as oral suction circumcision, that reaches back to biblical times, has created a modern-day dilemma due to diseases such as herpes. After certain rituals while performing the rite of circumcision some religious leaders use their mouth, rather than a sponge, to clean the baby’s penis of blood.

Over 3,000 babies a year are circumcised using this oral suction method for the sake of religious practice.

Health officials point to a number of factors they say have linked known cases of infant herpes infection to the ritual. More than 3.7 billion adults under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population – are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

Oral contact with an open wound risks transmission of HSV and other pathogens. Infants have been hospitalized with brain damage after contracting herpes. Other babies developed lesions or vesicles in their genital areas about 8 to 10 days after their ritual circumcision. Newborns with HSV require hospitalization for intravenous antiviral medication for 21 days.

Are religious liberties more important than the health of babies?

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  1. This is so wrong. Hurting a person physically or mentally for religion proves that we don’t understand what religion is. We are just misusing it and doing what we think is right. We have to see beyond these so called traditions and look for the humanity in us that will make us stop doing such cruel things to babies.

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  2. I didn’t know this. Somehow I was unable to even imagine such a thing on my own. Ya know my first instinct is to trust, to find the good in everybody.
    Less frequently now (that I understand a bit better how many people think) I have been accused of being vulgar because I don’t know the latest slang. I don’t think perversely, although on several occasions I’ve been accused of it. I just learned the other day why my kids say “going”! when mom calls for them. I’ve always said “coming” the custom I was raised in. Virtually everything has turned perverse in some way. There are quite a few words that have changed over my lifetime. Being disconnected from pop culture has gotten me in trouble many times. This practice of oral circumcision? Where does one learn this? What the fuck is wrong with people when the most corrupt of all are those supposedly enlightened to show us the way.

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  3. The human race, especially the Caucasian race, at its finest. For those who do not know what Caucasian means, it is WHITE PEOPLE. There are more depraved white people on this earth than any other race, while not saying other raqces are much better. But mostly others copy the SUPERIOR WHITE MAN. And women.

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