Criminalizing Jewish and Muslim Rites

By Rabbi Allen S. Maller Promise to Abram (Genesis 15, 5) Approximately 500 Icelandic physicians have backed a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical (i.e. religious) reasons. The draft law would impose a very harsh six-year prison term on anyone guilty of “removing part or all of the [child’s] sexual organs”; arguing… Read More Criminalizing Jewish and Muslim Rites

Is Islam incompatible with modernity? Asma Afsaruddin, Indiana University, Bloomington In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, political leaders have lined up to denounce the acts as inhuman and uncivilized, unworthy of our day and age. French President Francois Hollande denounced them as “a barbaric act,” while President Obama called them “an attack on the civilized world.” Unfortunately,… Read More Is Islam incompatible with modernity?