A tradition, known as oral suction circumcision, that reaches back to ancient 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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    • In think it demonstrates perfectly what religion is. Belief trumps common sense—again.

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      • You Stated — “Belief trumps common sense”

        My Response — I don’t think common sense is a real thing. I’ve learned over time that there are people who defy logic when it comes to how much damage they will do given any anchored line of reasoning such as religion, politics, culture, family, education, war, you name it.

        Man has a dark side and it’s my personal belief that some of us behave in monstrous ways.

        And to be clear, those being monsters are sprinkled in on all sides of the fence. They hide among all of us.

        Just a thought

        You don’t have to be religious to be cruel and destructive:

        https://realitydecoded.blog/2018/12/19/remember-when-japan-undertook-merciless-human-experimentation-on-live-women-children-men-and-infants/

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        • But religion is supposed to be a magic pill and prevent these stupidities and atrocities. When it comes to religion, common sense would be what outsiders think of your religious ritual and belief. Through belief it is very nearly impossible to be objective. Through belief normally decent people will condemn others for their genetics.

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          • You Stated — “But religion is supposed to be a magic pill and prevent these stupidities and atrocities. ”

            My Response — What if the same people who invented politics, culture, class, and education invented religion? Wouldn’t that be funny. O.o

            You Stated — “Through belief it is very nearly impossible to be objective. ”

            My Response — And yet here I am and with Reality Decoded no less.

            You Stated — “Through belief normally decent people will condemn others for their genetics.”

            My Response — People don’t need belief to do that, just look at slavery and racism.

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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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  4. No! That’s horrible, I don’t care what religion.

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