German debate

German debate
Submitted by Richard on Wed, 10/31/2012 – 08:32

Good article here on the German debate:

practical ethics

My favourite passage is this:

I’ll close with anthropologist Donald Symons’ unforgettable words. He refers in this passage to female circumcision, but the underlying point holds equally for males:

If only one person in the world held down a terrified, struggling, screaming little girl, cut off her genitals with a septic blade, and sewed her back up … the only question would be how severely that person should be punished, and whether the death penalty would be a sufficiently severe sanction. But when millions of people do this, instead of the enormity being magnified millions-fold, suddenly it becomes “culture,” and thereby magically becomes less, rather than more, horrible…

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