The free mass Circumcision festival in Indonesia highlights a problem
IN Indonesia a free mass circumcision sponsored by state-owned gas company PGN in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, has made us wince. It’s performed in accordance with Muslim law. Indonesia boasts more Muslims than any other – 240million. But the Jakarta Globe reports that not just Muslims are losing their foreskins.
Indonesia’s media has been buzzing with news that the Government intends to force every male in Papua New Guinea to get the snip. This is, says a local named wonk Edison Muabuay, a Jayapura administration official, intended to combat the spread of AIDS. There is talk of “compelling evidence” that not having foreskin makes you less likely to get the disease.
It’s not the state slicing your penis to make you comply with religious doctrine and bring separatist, mainly Christian Papua into line. It’s for your own good. Really. It is.
Earlier the Jakarta Globe noted:
In a move that could add to already simmering religious tensions in Bekasi, a new group calling itself the Bekasi Islamic Presidium is planning a roadshow aimed at persuading every mosque in the city to prepare for the possibility of “war” against “Christianization.” The group, consisting of nine members representing different Islamic organizations in the city, was formed on Sunday, the last day of the Bekasi Islamic Congress at Al Azhar Mosque that was convened to address the so-called Christianization problem.
There are tensions in Indonesia – and fight is on for the rights to the people’s genitals.
Photo 1: Spiderman causes a distraction while the lad’s penis is snipped.