Circumcision – A Sensitive Subject?

22 Apr

Circumcision is a sensitive subject amongst some Latter-day Saints. Most Latter-day Saints in Utah circumcise their sons due to tradition, but the majority of commentators who weigh in on the subject seem to doubt any health or spiritual benefits:

Here is one of the more thorough responses to the subject –

One anti-circumcision organization put together a pamphlet for those considering it –

Various bloggers have debated the topic too, with some very interesting comments –

In one of the LDS institute manuals it is discussed in detail (about 2/3rds down the page) –

One Christian treatment of the subject also gives a respectful overview of LDS and other views too –

There are some pro-Mosaic law Mormons out there who believe that circumcision is essential (or at least more righteous), but I haven’t been able to find any of their defenses online, otherwise I would have added links to those too.


Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Scripture


3 responses to “Circumcision – A Sensitive Subject?

  1. Caroline

    April 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I’m not Mormon, but my guess is that most people who circumcise their sons want them to “look like daddy”. It seems to be a very primal urge for the father to replicate what was done to him. It’s obviously a very common reason, just ask around. Question is, is it justified? Is it a good idea?

    I think it’s really hard for a lot of men (and women) to accept that something was taken away from them that they will never get back (although restoration is possible). It’s easier to just pass it on to the next generation and not to have to think about it. Taking a good look at circumcision is hard, because on further scrutiny, it really doesn’t hold up. There is no medical reason to circumcise a child, and many guys secretly wish (or sometimes publicly wish!) that they had been left with their foreskin, or at least left with their choice to keep it or not.

    This is a really good video addressing the myths of circumcision, cultural and religious (although it doesn’t mention Mormonism)
    “Circumcision: Make the Informed Decision” with Dr. Dean Edell

    This is also some good info on non-surgical foreskin restoration

    I think it’s great you are blogging about this!
    Take care.

  2. Ron Low

    April 23, 2010 at 3:07 am

    “The law of circumcision is done away in me.”

    You simply are not any form of LDS if you think circumcision is a requirement.

  3. A Jewish Male Opposing Circumcision

    August 5, 2011 at 7:39 am

    ./…..There is a movement of Jews who are questioning circumcision, and working to end this abuse of children. The movement ranges from the Orthodox to the secular, and includes mothers, fathers, scholars, historians, medical professionals, activists, and intellectuals.

    Jewish Groups for Genital Integrity

    Circumcision: A Jewish Feminist Perspective by Miriam Pollack

    Jewish Intactivist Miriam Pollack has some great commentary on Foreskin Man in this recent interview.

    Jews Speak Out in Favor of Banning Circumcision on Minors

    * Brit Shalom Celebrants by Mark D. Reiss, M.D.

    * Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ron Goldman, Ph.D.

    * The Current Judaic Movement to End Circumcision: Part 1 …..


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