Legislation was recently introduced by Texas Republcan Congressman Steve Stockman to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to, among other things, safeguard religiously based circumcision practices in the European Union.
ARC is very concerned about this development and will be working along with other intactivist organizations to stop it. Here is a link to the full text: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4650/text.
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Stockman seeks to protect religious freedom in the European Union
May 24, 2014
In response to the growing number of religious freedom assaults in the European Union, Congressman [Steve] Stockman [a Texas Republican] introduced H.R. 4650, the “European Union Religious Freedom Act.” It was referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
This bill seeks to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include religious freedom violations relating to homeschooling, Jewish and Islamic meat production, circumcision practices, and religious garb.
“In countries like Bulgaria and Lithuania, parents can’t homeschool their children. In Sweden and Denmark, Jews and Muslims can’t prepare meat according to their religious beliefs. In Sweden alone, they face legal restrictions on circumcision. In France, citizens cannot wear religious garb in public schools,” said Congressman Stockman.
“These laws are unjust towards these Europeans. The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 needs to be updated with provisions protecting their freedoms on these religious issues. My bill would do just that,” Congressman Stockman added.
If enacted, this legislation would go into effect immediately.
Council of Europe Debates Circumcision in Strasbourg