Circumcision ruling called threat to religion

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“For us the deadline is not tomorrow, but yesterday,” Goldschmidt said of possible changes to the law. In the meantime, however, “we say to the Jewish community … keep performing the brit milah, and have no fear.”

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper in an interview printed Tuesday that for her “the best thing here would be a clear word from one of the high courts.”

“Circumcision has never been questioned in the past,” she said. “It is about fundamental questions and different values. The question is what part of religious practice is also part of the right to physical integrity.”

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