Andy Walton looks at whether there is a "Religious Right" emerging in Britain
Circumcision and the ancestor factor
6th August 2012
A fortnight ago, I described on these pages the difficult decision that my wife and I made not to circumcise our son, who is now three. We are both half-Jewish, and were caught between the demands of tradition on the one hand and our consciences on the other. In the end we made what we felt was the humane, and just, choice: he remains uncircumcised.
The article provoked a large and impassioned response from readers. One user of telegraph.co.uk, who has since been banned from the site, posted a startling stream of anti-Semitic vitriol. Another reader sent me a long and venomous letter in which he called me a “devious and cowardly narcissist”, bent on undermining the ancient traditions of the Jews.
It didn’t stop there. I received a letter imploring me to repent and embrace Christ; I was told that I harbour unconscious wishes to dominate my son; and I was telephoned at home by a total stranger encouraging me to pay more attention to my Jewish heritage. And all because of that little loop of skin commonly found on the end of the penis.
Jake Wallis Simons | Read this article in full at telegraph.co.uk