I recently wrote a letter to the German press in support of the Köln court decision which followed the heroic crusade by Prof. Dr. Holm Putzke to ban the practice of circumcision of non-consenting male minors. It was published in the Frankfurter Rundschau and was subsequently quoted by Prof. Putzke during a German TV debate hosted by Anne Will. The German version of my letter is posted on the Frankfurter Rundschau blog here: http://www.frblog.de/beschneidung/#comment-37687 and the Anne Will show can be viewed here: http://daserste.ndr.de/annewill/videos/annewill3507.html
The original English version of my letter reads as follows:
It is a sad fact that we are not able to choose our parents in this life. It is my personal belief that all infants, whether they be male or female, should enjoy the basic right to be born unto parents that do not feel it is their right to modify the genitalia of their offspring. My late parents felt that it was their right to condone my circumcision as an infant without medical necessity. This is something that has caused me considerable pain and anguish and I shall eternally regret. It should have been my own decision as to whether or not I chose to be circumcised as it is my body, and once it is done, it is done.
Children are in the custody of their parents until they reach maturity and are not their property. I would not have chosen to be the son of my parents if given the option. I am not Jewish or Muslim, but there are men I know of that were born into Jewish/Muslim families that also resent the fact that they suffered the same indignity of forced circumcision. The majority of men in this world are genitally intact and perfectly content with their status. I believe that there is a profound injustice that there is not formal legal protection for all infant boys against non-therapeutic circumcision (such as there is for girls), regardless of the religious zealotry of their parents.
I therefore rejoice in the recent landmark decision of the Köln court that the circumcision of non-consenting minors is to be banned and applaud the visionary and courageous efforts of Prof. Dr Holm Putzke on behalf of all those men who in the future can decide for themselves as adults.