LAS VEGAS, NV, July 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rael, spiritual leader of the
Raelian Movement, today commended a German court's recent ruling that
the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons amounts to bodily
"Circumcision for men, like clitoral excision in females, constitutes
sexual mutilation and should be forbidden," Rael said. It is a position
he has taken for years. He also favors a Norwegian political party that
is currently seeking a ban on circumcision in Norway.
"Thousands of Germans have declared that a ruling of this kind was long
overdue, and Raelians are happy to hear that," said Brigitte
Boisselier, PhD, spokesperson for the Raelian Movement. "We Raelians
are the first to fight for religious freedom, but above all else, we
fight for respecting human rights. Any genital mutilation of a human
being without his or her consent clearly violates the Declaration of
Human Rights and should be considered a criminal act, despite the
attempts to justify it as a religious tradition."
Boisselier said Jewish leaders have called the ruling anti-Semitic,
while Muslims leaders have pronounced it islamophobic.
"But for the court, this ruling upholds a child's right to physical
integrity," she said.
This isn't the first time Raelians have taken a strong stance against
genital alterations made in the name of religious or cultural
In 2006, Rael launched Clitoraid (www.clitoraid.org), an organization that helps women who have been genitally mutilated
regain their physical integrity and sense of dignity as well as their
ability to experience sexual pleasure.
"Thanks to a procedure developed by Dr. Pierre Foldes, a French surgeon,
it's now possible to repair what's left of the mutilated clitoris,"
Boisselier explained. "We're setting up a hospital in Africa and
several clinics in North America where the millions of women who have
been mutilated can find relief by having that surgery performed."
But what's also interesting, she said, is that Clitoraid has been
receiving hundreds of e-mails from men who have been circumcised.
"They're seeking a way to have that mutilation undone," Boisselier
explained. She added that, according to the World Health Organization,
30 percent of males worldwide are circumcised.
"This means that billions of human beings on Earth have been genitally
mutilated without their consent," Boisselier declared. "We note that
all the women who seek help from Clitoraid show clear signs of Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder. And I'm convinced that the billions of men
who have been exposed to the traumatic mutilation of circumcision at an
early age have developed also some degree of PTSD. It's urgent to have
more than just one court saying "Stop!" to this barbaric practice. All
courts worldwide must place the right of a child above the right of a
She said Rael has repeatedly asked that all religious scriptures,
teachings and practices be reviewed by an independent international
committee, which would see to it that all religious group practices not
in agreement with the Declaration of Human Rights be banned worldwide.
"All Raelian books and practices are open for review at any time by such
a committee," Boisselier said.
SOURCE EGLISE RAELIENNE CANADIENNE
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