Chief Physician Morten Frisch sent the following open letter dated October 27, 2013 to the Danish Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Public Health, the Minister of Justice as well as to the Church and Equality Minister:

Open letter:

FOREIGN INFLUENCE ON CIRCUMCISION DEBATE

 
  Dr. Morten Frisch - Chief Physician

Dear PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal, Health Minister Astrid Krag, Justice Minister Morten Bødskov and Equality & Church Minister Manu Sareen.

The debate about ritual circumcision has gone into a new and decisive phase in Europe, where several populations are pressing their governments to introduce a low age limit for ritual penis surgery. As a reaction to this development, it could be read in the Jerusalem Post of October 23, 2013, that members of the Israeli Parliament; Knesset are planning to send a delegation on tour in Europe, in order to put pressure on European politicians, not to introduce a lower age limit for ritual circumcision of boys.

DANES WANT AGE LIMIT FOR RITUAL CIRCUMCISION

Nobody can object to adult males letting themselves be circumcised, if after serious deliberation they want this. But the Danish population is ready to introduce a lower limit for ritual circumcision; e.g. 18 years. This is in line with the advice of Boerneraadet [Children's Commission], Sex & Samfund [Sex & Society], the Scandinavian Children’s Ombudsman, Nordic Association of Clinical Sexology, and not least the Council of Europe.

PERSECUTION OF JEWS OR PROTECTION OF CHILDREN

The tone among advocates of ritual circumcision of boys has become very shrill lately.

Especially the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Turkish Chief of Parliament and Israeli president Shimon Perez have condemned the recent resolution from the Council of Europe, which speaks of ritual circumcision of boys as well as of girls as an attack on the physical integrity of children. In Danish newspapers words such as holocaust, persecution of Jews, and anti-Semitism are now widely used in order to shut up circumcision critics.

I want to call your attention to an article in Kristeligt Dagblad [Christian newspaper] 24/10-2013, in which I refute speculations that the widespread civil resistance against circumcision of boys has anything at all to do with the persecution of Jews or anti-Semitism.

MEETING WITH ISRAELI DELGATION OR NATIONAL CONFERENCE?

In case Israeli parliamentarians or religious organizations contact you in order to send a delegation to Denmark in order to discuss ritual circumcision of boys with the Danish government, I suggest that you make it clear to them, that the Danish government doesn't need to hear Israeli points of view in order to decide on the matter

Their points of view are actually already represented by he Danish Mosaic Federation [Mosaisk Troessamfund]. No matter if you are contacted from abroad or not, I want to urge you to take initiative to arrange a wide national conference about the subject at Christiansborg [Danish Parliament - Folketinget] in 2014, where all points of view and all interest groups with relation to ritual circumcision of boys will have a chance to be heard.

I would like to beg you for an answer to the following two questions:

  • Have you or other representatives of the Danish government, since the spring of 2012, been in written or oral contact, or did you have any meetings with politicians, religious representatives and other interest groups from Israel, the USA, or Muslim countries concerning the subject of ritual circumcision of boys? If affirmative I would like to be informed about which countries and which representatives were represented, what the contact was about, and what the conclusions about the exchanges were.
  • What will be your position and the position of the government, in case you indeed do receive inquiries from political or religious representatives from Israel, USA or Muslim countries, in order to discuss the subject of ritual circumcision of boys?

Kind Regards

Morten Frisch

Chief Physician

 

Translated from (with translator's notes and formatting) :

Intact Denmark 5 november 2013 - Åbent brev fra Morten Frisch i anledning af mulig israelsk delegation til Danmark

Related:

Balder Blog 13 februar 2013 - Denmark: Politician from the patriotic philo-semitic Danish People’s Party supports genital mutilation of boys and girls (Trykkefrihedsselskabet, Dansk Folkeparti, Marie Krarup, omskæring, Dr. Morten Frisch, Katrine Winkel Holm, Kit Louise Broholm)

Balder Blog 19 juli 2012 - Denmark: Leading pediatrician accuses Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner of having caused harm during circumcisions (Dr. Preben Kirkegaard)

Intact News 22 september 2011 - Study Links Circumcision to Personality Trait Disorder

Balder Blog 8 september 2011 - Explosive Danish research: Circumcised males and spouses - higher risk for bad sex life (Dr. Morten Frisch)

Balder Blog 1 juni 2013 - Dagbladet Norge antisemitisk - Avistegning mod omskæring gør jødiske interesseorganisationer rasende

Balder Blog 6 april 2013 - New York: Endnu to spædbørn smittet med dødelig herpes-virus efter omskæring med fellatio

Intact Denmark 8 april 2013MYTE vs FAKTA: Pigeomskæring er værre end drengeomskæring

Intact Denmark 1 januar 2013Tyskland - omskæring: Kandidat for de Grønne tvunget til at gå af pga. digt mod religiøs børnemishandling (Ulf Dunkel)

Balder Blog 4 december 2012 - Østrig - Omskæring: Muslimsk læge og rabbiner meldt til politiet for legemsbeskadigelse (Anja Oberkofler, Schlomo Hofmeister, IKG)

Balder Blog 14 oktober 2012 - Omskæring: Jøder sagsøger New York over regulativ om afsutning af nyamputerede drenges blodige tissemænd (Intact America forment adgang til lægekongres & ICEJ Kristen Zionisme - Stig Grenov)

Balder Blog 6 marts 2012 - Indonesien - omskæring - Tissemand for lille efter forhudsamputation - muslimsk mor myrder sin niårige søn

Balder Blog 23 august 2012 - Tyskland - Omskæring: Rabbiner anmeldt for penislemlæstelse efter klage fra læge

Balder Blog 20 august 2012 - Pussy Riots danner skole: Anti-omskæringsaktivister vil lave happening i synagoge

Balder Blog 17 august 2012 - Tyskland - Omskæring - Nye kritiske toner om religiøs penislemlæstelse fra parlamentsmedlemmer

Balder Blog 13 august 2012 - Penislemlæstelse: Drenge fik amputeret tissemand efter omskæring - tisser nu gennem plastikrør

Balder Blog 1 august 2012 - Omskæring - Penislemlæstelse - Også ikke-jødiske børn med sekulær dansk mor truet

Balder Blog 27 juli 2012 - England: Omskæring - Igen et spædbarn død af religiøs penislemlæstelse udført af rabbiner (Med et overblik og citater fra den helt aktuelle danske debat på Politiken og Information)

Balder Blog 24 juli 2012 -Østrig: Delstat stopper med religiøs omskæring efter forbud i Tyskland og Schweiz

Balder Blog 28 juni 2012 - Norges Centerparti vil også forbyde genitial lemlæstelse (omskæring) af drenge

Balder Blog 12 juni 2012 - New York: 11 spædbørn smittet med herpes pga. af penis-sutning ved jødisk rituel omskæring

Balder Blog 13 august 2012 - Penislemlæstelse: Drenge fik amputeret tissemand efter omskæring - tisser nu gennem plastikrør

Balder Blog 7 december 2009 - USA lovforslag: Omskæringslobbyen vil rutinemæssigt omskære alle amerikanske drenge

Balder Blog 4 december 2008 - Omskæring - Forræderiske præster: Kathrine Lilleør i seng med fjenden

Balder Blog 3 december 2008 - Omskæringsdebatten der blev væk - Et amputerende fællesskab

Balder Blog 19 november 2008 - Hollandsk video med engelske undertekster - Mother, why was I circumcised? + Video Martin Krasnik forsvarer kønslemlæstelse i Deadline

Balder Blog 17 november 2008 - Dansk Folkepartis Jesper Langballe forsvarer nu omskæring af drengebørn (Her også en oversigt med links til blogs der omtaler problematikken)

Goldberg - Knyt sylten - Benjamin Krasnik interviewer Martin Krasnik om omskæring

Foreningen mod drengeomskæring

Per Holm Knudsen - Nej til omskæring af børn

Sexually Mutilated Child Org - Where Is My Foreskin? - The Case Against Circumcision (Paul M. Fleiss, MD)

The Circumcision Reference Library


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