RUSSELL CROWE DECLARES WAR ON CIRCUMCISION AND RELIGION
By Moody Adams “Hollywood star Russell Crowe has used his Twitter account to explain how he believes God has made all babies perfect, and that he believes circumcision to be “barbaric, stupid and immoral.” writes Daniel Blake, a Christian Post Contributor. Respectfully, I would ask Mr. Crowe, a great, great actor, to consider why many of us do not consider circumcision to be barbaric, nor stupid.
First, all babies are not all created “perfect: I hope Mr. Crowe never has to learn, as many of us with handicapped children have, that all babies are not born perfect. The Center for Disease Control says, “About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect.” Sadly, Mr. Crowe, these babies were not born perfect. Certainly you approve of surgery on babies with cleft palates?
Second, the scientific reasons: “Several types of research have documented that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of HIV acquisition by men during penile-vaginal sex” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention Bulletin Feb 7, 2008). “Finally, the higher rates of sexually transmitted genital ulcerative disease, such as syphilis, observed in uncircumcised men may also increase susceptibility to HIV infection.” (Sex Transm Infect. 2006 Apr; 82(2):101-9; discussion 10).
Nineteen cross-sectional studies, 5 case-control studies, 3 cohort studies, and 1 partner study show “ A substantial protective effect of male circumcision on risk for HIV infection was noted, along with a reduced risk for genital ulcer disease. The risk for HIV infection was 44% lower in circumcised men. For the patients at sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics the risk was 71% lower for circumcised men.”
Evidence among heterosexual men in sub-Saharan Africa shows a decrease risk of between 38 and 66% over 2 years (Gray R, Wawer MJ, Thoma M, et al. Presented at: 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Feb 5-9, 2006; Denver, CO).
“A new study finds that circumcised men appear less likely to sustain cuts, abrasions and other minor injuries to the penis during sex - which may help explain why circumcision lowers the risk of HIV transmission from heterosexual sex” (Journal of Urology, May 2010).
In debating a point it is easy to get carried away, make ridiculous statements and attack the other person. Both of which Crowe did when a man presented medical evidence supporting circumcision, “My friend, 'human' science has caused too much damage, don't be a moron.”
Third, the religious reason: In Crowe’s outburst he said religions that require circumcision are asking for a donation of foreskin: “Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect.” There was such an uproar Crowe apologized for causing any offense to religious groups, saying he understood his words could be misinterpreted as mocking religious rituals and traditions. There was no misinterpretation. He said circumcision, a rite of some religions, was “barbaric, stupid and immoral.” He also said, “I will always stand for the perfection of babies, I will always believe in God, not man's interpretation of what God requires.” Certainly he spoke in haste, as if he has direct information from God, contradicting what God wrote in the Bible.
Jews have been required to circumcise male infants within eight days of birth since the time of Abraham. Many Muslims also practice circumcision for religious reasons. The Jewish religion requires circumcision on the 8th day of a babies life. Now, science has proven that day is when a male has the highest level of vitamin K, blood clotting ability! Eighty percent of American men are circumcised, most as infants.
Edward S. Turner writes, regarding Crowe approving of abortion, “To circumcise babies (is immoral) but OK to rip them apart limb from limb and evacuate them through a tube and discard the remains as medical waste. Mr. Crowe, with respect, your positions are not quite consistent.”