I appreciate all the numerous comments I receive regarding my recent blog post on circumcision. Clearly, opinions about this topic is diverse. But I agree with a comment made by Kevin in Manila, I do not personally consider circumcision of Filipino boys a human rights abuse. I think referring it so is a bit of a stretch. Although some will argue that circumcision is another form of genital mutilation and is harmful to young boys, I personally don't feel that way. In the Philippines the reason many (not all) get circumcised is to make the child look more like dad. Choosing to do it early or late in a boy's life is a choice parents make on their own due to past experiences, practical or cultural reasons.
In tune with the objectives of The Living Rice blog, I posted the original article to highlight the final authority on this topic, the word of God. Ancient Jews practice circumcision as a sign that they belong to God. Now, such sign is no longer required by God because Christ has finished the work for us on the cross. As I said in my original post, the principle that matters to God more is the "circumcision of the heart" and not the body. St. Paul said it well, “It doesn't matter if you are circumcised or not. All that matters is that you are a new person” Galatians 6:15 (CEV). And that's what all men and parents should be more concerned about.