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To the Editor.—
Despite stating in my commentary that circumcision performed on a religious basis was beyond the current scope of discussion, it was a pleasure to read biblical accounts submitted (214: 375, 1970). I continue to respect religious convictions, and would not presume to interfere with a religious ceremony.Long before God instructed Abraham to circumcise his people, Moses wrote "He that is wounded in the stones or hath his privy member cut off shall not enter the congregation of the Lord" (Deuteronomy 23:1).I would also like to add the writings of St. Paul of Tarsus for consideration. Most of the Paulist epistles were concerned with whether salvation demanded continued observance of Mosaic law and the practice of circumcision. Among Paul's words are these:"Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the mutilation..." (Philippians 3:2). "For neither themselves who are circumcised keep the law,
Preston EN. Circumcision. JAMA. 1970;214(12):2195. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180120066021