This sounds a good bit more reasonable-
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Op-ed: German ambassador says court ruling on circumcision not legally binding
Published: 09.12.12, 00:13 / Israel Opinion
Four months ago a district court in Germany issued a ruling on the circumcision of male infants for religious purposes. The ruling stirred a heated public debate both in Germany and Israel. But this debate was riddled with confusion and mistaken interpretation regarding the legal status of circumcision in Germany. Has Germany "banned" circumcision, as some of the pundits claim? Is faith-based circumcision now considered a crime according to German law? The answer to both questions is no.
So what really happened? On May 7, 2012 a court in the western city of Cologne ruled that circumcision "for the purpose of religious upbringing constitutes a violation of physical integrity." The court added: "The child's body is permanently and irreparably changed by the circumcision. This change conflicts with the child's interest of later being able to make his own decision on his religious affiliation."
Contrary to what many analysts claimed in articles published after the court's decision, the ruling is not binding and has not gained the status of a precedent. Meaning, German courts will not necessarily rule in a similar manner in the future. Moreover, it must be stressed that this single ruling went against the current reality in Germany, whereby male circumcision as a religious ritual is accepted by the general public. So far no one in our country has ever challenged faith-based circumcision.