I am circumcised and have never really given it any thought until I read this thread, and now that i have i really don't give a damn honestly, If my son is upset because his penis doesn't have have a hoodie, he can cry me a river, then build me a bridge than get his ass over it. Is it wrong? maybe, but as i prioritize the list of all the shit that's wrong on this planet, and look at the list of things I'd like to try and fix in order of importance; baby penis hoodies falls somewhere inbetween standard testing requirements for breeding, and banning the term "barista"
I see. Do me a favor then ... if you come home one day to find your house has been burgled, don't bother calling the police. I'm sure they have much bigger issues to deal with than a petty robbery.
Just because there are more important issues in the world that doesn't mean we should ignore this issue.
I see what you did there, however that's an impossible comparison, you are saying a burglary is at the same importance level of babies being circumcised. lets see, one effects me personally and immediately, and could also put a whole community at risk, whilst the other "could" affect a baby in there teens, but most likely wont even matter. hmm i yea i can see that
you still didn't answer the question, or conveniently dodged it whichever the case may be, if the procedure was done before the baby escaped the womb, and was painless would you still have a problem with it and why. as to your questions:
1) Why can't parents get their children tattooed?
A tattoo is different from circumcision, ill explain: there is only one effect of circumcision and that is the removal of the foreskin. However a tattoo can be anything, how do you know your kid is even going to like that AC/DC band when he gets older let alone the tattoo. So the fact that tattoos can be so varied means you cannot compare it with circumcision they are not the same.
2) Why can't I get my child's nose or tongue pierced?
I would guess for safety reasons, children's throats are small, imagine parts of the piercing coming off and choking an infant, or the back of a nose piercing getting inhaled. other than that i see no reason not to, your tongue can regenerate so the hole will close if your child doesn't want it, as far as nose piercing while the hole may not close completely depending on how long the piercing stays in, it wont be very noticeable if the child chooses to remove it later. I still don't see how this relates to a circumcision though still two different things.
3) Earlobes perform no particular body function and are excess skin ... why can't parents get their children's earlobes removed?
where would they put they're ear piercings? Seriously this brings us back to what society deems normal. Perhaps you should go talk to the Mursi tribe leader and tell them they're doing it wrong. They begin gauging at an extremely early age. However they're society deems that normal and attractive. Our society (American and European) deems people with no earlobes look weird, so we don't have our babies earlobes cut off.
4) Why can't I get my neonate's tongue split? This would enable him/her to grip their food with their tongue later on.
why cant you? (no really why not?) I would suggest discussing it with a doctor, if you can prove it has a benefit, i am sure they will gladly perform the procedure for you. (for a small fee of course, i doubt it will be covered by your insurance) however I really don't see how gripping food with your tongue makes eating any easier, usually i just chew, chew swallow, and babies generally just suck from a bottle, but sure go ahead with your split tongue self.
5) Why can't I have a doctor remove my neonate's appendix to prevent them from ever getting appendicitis in the future?
well contrary to common belief the appendix does actually do something http://www.news-medical.net/news/2007/10/08/30907.aspx
ill admit not much but it does have a purpose, secondly can you really compare an appendectomy to circumcision, one involves removing an internal organ. The finger cutting analogy was probably better. just saying...
I am neither for or against circumcision, like i said previously i really don't care, however i think people should be able to do what they will and not be made to feel bad about it. If society says circumcision is ok, and at the time you made a decision to circumcise your baby, and it seemed the best choice at the time, there is no reason to feel bad. There have been a few posters that have said they now feel bad or guilty about having their child circumcised, if this was your intent than you are no better than the Christians that use sins and forgiveness to guilt their members into staying on the "straight and narrow"
If and when society says circumcision is no longer necessary and acceptable, people will cease doing it. A way to do this is to properly inform people about the benefits of non circumcision, rather than tell them they have maimed and disfigured their children's sex organs.