In many countries, circumcisions are done without too much ado. Thousands if not millions of boys are circumcised every summer vacation. For many, this is the rite of passage from being just a boy to being an adult. Of course, there are many baby circumcisions done in the hospitals but these are rare occasions. Circumcisions are also considered a part of proper hygiene.
The foreskin tends to accumulate bio dirt and becomes an excellent hiding place for infectious germs, although this is not much of a problem in highly develop countries where people put premium on body hygiene.
However, a circumcision could take on a different meaning when there is a clash of personal preference or belief. It can become a symbol that goes beyond the rite of cutting the foreskin performed by either a medicine man, a doctor, or even a rabbi for that matter.
This is what seems to be happening between the estranged Florida couple. The ongoing wrangling between the two has put the baby and circumcision on the spot. This has been going for a year and there seem to be a no compromise coming that will put an end to the battle of wills. The father is determined to go on with despite last-minute legal maneuver and plans of protests.
Dennis Nebus, the 4-year-old boy’s father, has a court document that allows him to proceed with the circumcision surgery this coming Tuesday. This caused a response from the mother by filing her own legal papers in the court. Heather Remus, the mother promised demonstrations by anti-circumcision activists who are using the case to call an awareness to what they call a barbaric act.
There was initial agreement between parents to have the baby circumcised. However the mother had a change of heart and instead a file a court case to stop it.
Circuit and appellate judges have sided with the father, but he says, “The mother hasn’t signed paperwork to allow the procedure to happen.”