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The Truth Seeker: Crimes of Genital Mutilation

The Truth Seeker: Crimes of Genital Mutilation

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Published by Matthew Hess
July/August 1989, Vol. 1, No. 3, © 1989 The Truth Seeker Co., Inc., www.truthseeker.com. Used on MGMbill.org by permission.
July/August 1989, Vol. 1, No. 3, © 1989 The Truth Seeker Co., Inc., www.truthseeker.com. Used on MGMbill.org by permission.

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CRImes
o ~
GenItal
mutIlatIon
 
METAMORPHOSIS
-fromPaintoPleasure.
...
PUBLISHER
The
Truth
SeekerCo.,Inc.Inthisissue
of
THE
TRUTH
SEEKER
we
areaddressingtheirrationalforces
of
religionandsocialcustomsthatsupportthetorture
of
children(maleandfemale)throughthemutilation
of
theirgenitals;andwhichopposesexualpleasure.Therecouldhardly
be
abetterissuefor
FREETHINKER's
supportandinvolvement.
As
sciencesupportedthetruththatGalileodiscovered,sotoodoessciencesupportthetruth
of
theincalculableinjury,painandsufferingthat
is
needlesslyinflicteduponchildrenthroughthedogma
of
irrationalreligiousbeliefsthatdictategenitalmutilations.Noreligionhastherighttoengageintorture,mutilationorhumansacrifice,yetall
of
thesehavebeenjustifiedthroughreligiousbeliefsatonetime
or
another.Tragically,themutilationandtorture
of
childrencontinuestodayin"primitive"andso-called"civilized"countriesthroughtherituals
of
circumcisionandotherforms
of
genitalmutilation.Inordertobringanendtothistortureandmutilation
of
childrenthe
FirstInternationalSymposiumOnCircumcision
washeldonMarch
1-3,
1989
inAnaheim,California.Leadingauthorities
in
thesevariousmedical,scientific,legalandreligiousdisciplinessummarizedtheirstate-of-the-artfindingsthatunequivocallyrejectedandcondemnedtheritualmutilation
of
thegenitals
of
children.
Of
particularsignificancewasthefindingthatthedestruction
of
sexualpassionandpleasurewasacommonmotiveforgenitalmutilationinbothtribalandreligiousbeliefsystems.Thecontrol
of
sexualpassaionandpleasure
in
bothmalesandfemaleswasconsideredessentialforpersonalmoralityandsocialorder.Additionalscientificevidencewassummarizedthatestablishedastrongcausalrelationshipbetweendeprivation
of
physicalaffectionalrelationships,includingthesexualrelationship,withviolentandauthoritarianbehaviorsandcultures.Thesedeeplyrootedmoralvaluesystemswererecognized
as
asignificantbarriertosocialchange.A
Metamorphosis
fromapain/violentvaluedsocietytopleasure/peacefulvaluedsociety,wherewomenaretrulyequalwithmen,wasconsideredessentialifthegenitalmutilation
of
childrenandotherforms
of
humanviolenceareto
be
eliminated.
TH
ETR
UTH
SEEKER
is
privilegedandhonoredto
be
thefirsttopublishthecoreproceedingsofthis
InternationalSymposium
thatprovidesforthefirsttime,inasingledocument,theleadingmedical,scientific,legalandreligiousthinkingontheritualgenitalmutilation
of
children.
It
is
throughthepioneeringefforts
of
MarilynFayreMilos,R.N.,Director,
NationalOrganizationofCircumicisionInformationResourceCenters(NOCIRC)
thatmadethis
InternationalSymposium
possibleandwhohasagreedtoserveasaGuestCo-Editorforthisissue
of
THE
TR
UTH
SEEKER.
Because
of
thecomplexity
of
thissubjectmattersome
of
theessaysaremoretechnicalthanusual,
as
is
thelength
of
thisSpecialEdition
of
THE
TRUTH
SEEKER.
It
is
theobjective
of
thisedition
of
THE
TRUTH
SEEKER
toprovideunequivocalscientificandmoralevidencetohealthprofessionalsandpolitical/religiousleaders
of
theworldthatwouldhelpbringanendtothegenitalmutilation
of
childrenworldwide.Yoursupportinthisquest
is
invitedandhowyoucanhelp
is
outlined
in
"ACallForAction"
andonpages
53-54.
PRESIDENT
BonnieLange
EDITOR
James
W.
Prescott
GUESTCO-EDITOR
MarilynFayreMilos
EDITORIAL
BOARD
GarethBranwyn,Edd
Doerr
Robert
T.
Francoeur,Roger
E.
Greeley
John
Holmdahl,BarbaraHoneggerLillianStarr,
Gordon
Stein
GRAPHIC
ARTISTS
DavidMetteyDebbieMitchell
PRI
TER
UnitedPrintingServices
ADDRESS
TheTruthSeekerP.O.Box2832SanDiego,California92112-2832SUBSCRIPTIONRATESSingleIssue:$4.00Yearly:$20.00International$25.00
FRONT
COVER:Circumcisionwaspracticed
in
Egyptaslongagoas4000
B.
C.
Accordingtotheinscriptiononthisbas-relieffromthe
Ankh-Mahortomb
atSakkara,theyouthbalksandmust
be
held
by
thedoctor'saide.Adoptedfrom:SixthDynastybasrelieffromthetomb
of
Ankh-ma-horatSaqqara.
 
Freethinker'sPublication
Since
1873
A
Bimonthly
Journal
of
Free
Thought
andInquiry
FEATUREARTICLES
Religious-PsychologicalPerspectives:
3INFANTCIRCUMCISION:"WHATIWISHIHADKNOWNMarilynFayreMilos4RELIGIOUSTRADITIONSANDCIRCUMCISIONGerald
A.
Larue9THEGEOGRAPHY
OF
GENITALMUTILATIONSJamesDeMeo
14
GENITALPAIN
VS
GENITALPLEASURE:WHYTHEONEANDNOT
THE
OTHER?James
W.
Prescott
Social-CulturalPerspectives:
22
FEMALEGENITAL
MUTILATION-
STRATEGIESFORERADICATION
Fran
P.
Hosken
31
EPIDEMIOLOGYOFFEMALESEXUALCASTRATION
IN
CAIRO,EGYPTMohamedBadawi
Medical
Perspectives
35
FIRST,DONOHARMGeorge
C.
Denniston
39
THEPROBLEM
OF
CIRCUMCISIONINAMERICAJames
L.
Snyder
43
CULTURALBIASANDTHEURINARY
TRACT
INFECTION(UTI)CIRCUMCISIONCONTROVERSYMartinAltschul
46
LETTERS
'"
Paul
M.
Fleiss;David
S.
Bate
&
John
A.
Erickson
Legal
Perspectives
47
THEFIRSTCIRCUMCISIONCASERichard
W.
Morris
50
NEWBORNCIRCUMCISIONRESOLUTION
John
W.
Hardebeck
PHILOSOPHICAL/SOCIALTRANSFORMATIONS
51
TESTIMONYAGAINSTCIRCUMCISIONJames
L.
Snyder
52
DECLARATION
OFTHE
FIRSTINTERNATIONALSYMPOSIUMONCIRCUMCISION
52
CIRCUMCISIONNIGHTMAREACaseReport
53
UNIVERSALDECLARATIONONCIRCUMCISION,Resolution
of
TheFirstEXCISIONANDINCISIONInternationalSymposiumOnCircumcision
54
ANACTTOPROHIBITGENITALMUTILATIONSACitizen'sPetition
DEPARTMENTS
55
SUPERIOR
MEN.Chapter
IV
JamesHervey
Johnson
56
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSANDRESOURCES

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