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Protect Children From Deadly Religious Superstitions With Reason and Deism

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Performing metzitzah b'peh
Performing metzitzah b'peh
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Problems must be addressed head on, even if we're uncomfortable dealing with them. If we truly want to overcome very real problems, we are required to realistically and rationally address them. Without objectively confronting them, we can never solve them, and their negative impact on people and the world will continue. Thankfully we are equipped with the only tool that allows us to do this: our innate God-given reason.

One such problem that needs to be strongly confronted is the practice in Judaism known as metzitzah b'peh, which requires the rabbi/mohel doing a circumcision to use their mouth to suck blood from the circumcision wound of the infant. Although it is endorsed by Israel's government rabbis of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, it is not embraced by all of Judaism and is usually performed by Orthodox and Hasidic Jews. The real life negative consequences of this ungodly, repulsive and unnatural religious practice are evident in cases from New York City. In these cases it has caused the infection of herpes and resulting deaths of at least two infants and the infection of dozens of other infants with herpes, as well as the brain damage of infants caused by being infected with herpes. In the last six months at least four infants have been infected with herpes due to metzitzah b'peh. (More than likely the infections and deaths are under reported, as the Orthodox and Hasidic communities have as little contact with outsiders as possible, similar to many Christian sects who kill children through faith healing.) In addition to the harmful and deadly impact metzitzah b'peh has on helpless and innocent infants, it forces us to question how people could ever think that metzitzah b'peh was not only a good idea, but that it is from The Supreme Intelligence/God.

Metzitzah b'peh is part of the circumcision religious ritual of Judaism of eight-day old boys. The circumcision myth originated in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Genesis 17:7-14, in which God allegedly, according to the ancient Jewish clergymen who wrote it, commanded Abraham to be circumcised and for all male Jews and for all of their male slaves to be circumcised as a covenant between God the the Jews. Circumcision was to be carried out by all future generations of Jews.

Not only is it foolish to believe this Bible story promoting circumcision, it is an attack on our idea of The Supreme Intelligence/God. Why would God be so interested in the penises of the Jews and their slaves? Isn't this belittling to The Supreme Intelligence/God?

In this case, if the first religious myth, that God commanded the Jews to be circumcised, is destroyed by our innate God-given reason, then the second religious problem, metzitzah b'peh, is also destroyed, thus protecting the helpless children from infection, brain damage and death.

In order to destroy the circumcision myth, we must destroy through our innate God-given reason and Deism the entire idea of "revealed" religion. This is easy to do, as the idea of "revealed" religion, any "revealed" religion, cannot at all stand the simple test of God-given reason. Our innate God-given reason applied to this idea of "revealed" religions makes it crystal clear that a Divine revelation can only be a Divine revelation to the person who directly receives it. Once that person tells another person what they received as a Divine revelation, it is not a Divine revelation to the person it is told to, it is mere hearsay. Couple this fact with objective and reason-based examination of the things that are claimed to be Divine revelation, things such as a talking snake (Genesis 3:1), a talking donkey (Numbers 22:28), Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:25) or dead people coming back to life and walking around Jerusalem (Matthew 27:50-53 and here's the World Union of Deists page about this Biblical nonsense story), and belief in "revealed" religions will crumble. Not only will the "revealed" religions crumble, the harm they cause, everything from religious violence and religion-based wars to children being harmed and dying from metzitzah b'peh, faith healing and exorcisms along with all the other unnecessary harm they inflict on individual people and on society, will come to an end. The more we promote the importance of our innate God-given reason and Deism to as many people as possible, the more people we will empower to free themselves from the fear-based, irrational and harmful superstitions of the "revealed" religions.

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Bob Johnson is a paralegal and a freelance writer in Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after reading Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, he became a Deist. In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists and in 1996 he launched the first web (more...)
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