ESS Letter: Rights of Children V Religious Rights

Relgion v Child rights

We were heartened to hear that a court in England has ruled against a Muslim father who wished for his sons aged six and four to have their genitals surgically altered in keeping with his religious beliefs.

The boys’ mother had argued that they should be allowed to decide for themselves when they are old enough.

Adult religious belief must be respected but it does not trump the rights of children who are too young to understand or consent to such a procedure.

Neil Barber – Communications Officer – Edinburgh Secular Society

Published Edinburgh Evening News 22nd April 2016

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