Saturday, July 14, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Circumcision, Jews and the (misunderstood) role of Religion…

sea_at_night_Wallpaper_g2xnfPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-07-14]: The German government says Jewish and Muslim communities should be able to continue the practice of circumcision in the name of religious freedom, after a regional court ruled it amounted to bodily harm [source: BBC News]. Every time something similar happens, we tend to forget the true nature of religion. Religion is a philosophical system based on the knowledge of people who formed the group of wise men of their time. And few of us remember that our medicine is not an exact science (see Why Medicine is NOT a pro-Science argument!), but also a system of beliefs based again on the knowledge of some people – like the “alternative” medicine of Chinese is a similar system. And no matter how wrong all those things might sound to you, Jews have the lowest rate of penis cancer [source: 1]…

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