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Thanks for the discussion on this. I know it isn't the focus of your page. I am always interested in talking with other real, live men that actually understand the importance of a foreskin. I am so baffled by the majority of men who treat it like an unimportant flap of skin. If someone advocated the cutting off of fingers would that be OK too?
Most particularly you are of interest to me because of your religious background.
I really would like to get to know you better.
Are you OK with our discussion being on-list?
So, you didn't answer my questions about your background.
What is/was life like for you? What brought you to this issue?
As far as Genesis, I suspect there is more to the story with Abraham than we are given in a few short verses. What is there, conflicts with many other scriptures. It is either a mistranslation, or a purposeful insertion by an interested party. Abraham had spent a considerable amount of time in Egypt, where circumcision preceeded the Jews. Something is going on there, I'm just not sure what. I plan on asking a bunch of questions if I ever get some time with him. I want to understand, and put the whole cutting thing in context.
The most troublesome features are the eight-day-old infant, the "stranger withing the gate", and the Man-servants. What man of God would think it appropriate to harm infants, houseguests, and slaves? Where is the "sacrifice" in cutting off someone else's genitals????? Where is free-agency in that? It isn't there, and so I have to deduce that something is wrong with that section of scripture.
Big problem. And then we get to deal with it for oh' about four thousand years. People feeling "unclean" because they were born with skin around their dicks, just like every other mammal on the planet. Someone, somewhere, is going to answer for this.
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