Circumcision is turning into a hot topic these days!
In the past few months, we've written about a group trying to ban the nipping of the foreskin in San Francisco, but the crusade against the "genital mutilation" has recently gained a famous ally — Russell Crowe.
The actor went on a tweeting tirade against the "barbaric" ritual, writing:
"Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that God requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect."
"I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats, but stop cutting your babies."
His words created quite a stir with some of his followers, but he refused to back down for voicing his opinions in the public forum, tweeting:
"I will always stand for the perfection of babies. I will always believe in God, not man's interpretation of what God requires. Last of it, if you feel it is your right to cut things off your babies please unfollow and f**k off; I'll take attentive parenting over barbarism."
Wow! He's pretty serious about this! Note to any circumcised gentlemen out there: Don't change next to Russell Crowe in the locker room! Things might get violent. LOLz!
Realizing he may have offended the entire Jewish community, among others, he recently apologized and wrote:
"I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities. I'm very sorry that I have said things on here that have caused distress. My personal beliefs aside I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others. I am very sorry."
It's no Mel Gibson incident, but circumcision becomes a touchy subject after attacking a specific religion and its rituals…or their "funny little hats". However, it's just his opinion and he's certainly entitled to share it on the internet for the entire world to see if he wants to.
As far as our opinion on circumcision, there doesn't seem to be any negative effects one way or the other, so we'll leave this debate up to the parents!
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