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Germany’s political parties at the Federal Assembly are preparing a joint resolution on the controversial circumcision issue.

The resolution, which will ask the government to make circumsition a right on legal grounds, is expected to be voted at the Federal Assembly today. The ruling coalition parties the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), as well as opposition parties the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens came together to make the resolution.

A Cologne court had ruled in the case of a 4-year-old Muslim boy who suffered medical complications after being circumcised that the practice amounted to bodily harm. After Muslim and Jewish leaders protested the court’s decision, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Germany could become a “laughing stock” if it failed to overturn the district court ban on circumcision.

July/19/2012

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