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Evangelicals join Jews and Muslims in opposing circumcision ban

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 11, 2011 | 6:48 pm

We know that Russell Crowe thinks circumcision is “barbaric and stupid,” and you know what I think of the proposed circumcision ban, but do you know what evangelicals, who are under no religious command to circumcise their male children, think about it?

They’re starting to line up in support of Muslims and Jews. RNS reports, via Beliefnet:

“Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace our spiritual heritage back to Abraham. Biblical circumcision begins with Abraham,” NAE President Leith Anderson said in a statement. “No American government should restrict this historic tradition. Essential religious liberties are at stake.”

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The NAE said the proposal violates the First Amendment’s clause protecting the free exercise of religion.

“While evangelical denominations traditionally neither require nor forbid circumcision, we join Jews and Muslims in opposing this ban and standing together for religious freedom,” said Anderson.

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