Comments of Individual Endorsers of the Montagu Resolution

Below are the public comments made by endorsers of the Montagu Resolution. Feel free to browse through the list using the letters above and below the table of comments.

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Name—Country Comment
labant, thomas—USA i wish i could sue the doctor who curcumcised me and there should be punishment for all who performed this operation on a healthy baby this practice needs to be a felony in all states and parents need to loose there rights as parents for sugesting having it done because they oviously unfit to be loving parents god i hate amerika..
Ladley, Christopher—United Kingdom Routine infant circumcision is disgusting, barbaric, and unethical in western society.
Ladoulis, Nicolette—France Never heard of this movement, but refused to have my son circumsized solely based on the horrible descriptions of the pain and the apparent lack of evidence to support the need. DISGUSTING CUSTOM! Educate the public AT LEAST to let them know there is a choice!
LAGENDIJK, Peter—USA for me the circumcision is a crime executed on defendless children. who gives the right to any doctor to execute ? who gives the right to parents to execute ? the argument about more hygenic is stupid .
laird, ramona—USA no human should be able to cut off a functioning part of another human without their informed consent. the barbaric mutilation of our children has got to stop.
laliberté, mario—Canada A man should not undo what god create.
Lammi, Robert—USA I believe that we need to stop the violence of circumcision as a ritual because it is only meant to divide people under which condsitions there can never be peace.
Lange, Monica—USA Genital control of sexuality, gentital conformity and genital normalization are socially constructed 'ideals' generated by the privileged and powerful to justify mutilating the most precious parts of the body. Each and every one of us has a right to be proud of the genitals we're born with and we should be the ONLY ones to decide what will or won't be done to, on or with them. Any altering of genitals imposed on us for reasons OTHER THAN medical necessity (i.e., to make something functional that isn't or to reduce or stop pain) without our informed consent (NOT our parents' or guardian's) should be universally outlawed!!
Lange, Stephen—USA As an intact male whose sons were circumcised without my permission, I strongly support this and any effort to outlaw the wholesale mutilation of children in the name of tradition.
Larkin, Donna—USA Children are not our property, they belong to themselves; there is simply no justification for harming them in such a way, and turning away when they scream. My heart aches that the process of ending genital mutilation continues to take so long. It needs to cease NOW, before another precious child is betrayed. When we talk about Human Rights, while circumcision continues, it is only lip-service...let's stop deceiving ourselves that children are protected, respected and treated as the precious future they are. The truth about circumcision/genital mutilation needs to be pulled out of the tightly closed closet and exposed to the light of day. All children deserve the basic right of genital integrity and protection from harm.
Laroche, Normand—Canada Respect of the integrity of the body. No suffering. Mentally sick people make others suffer. They must be stop,they won't be stop alone.
Laroche, Normand—Canada It's about time. Stop the butchery. They are unconscious people and dangerous.
Larue, Gerald—USA Biblical Scholar and USC Professor-Emeritus opposed genital mutilations in "Religious Traditions and Circumcision" (Truth Seeker July/August 1989). Dr. Larue provided the following additional statement: The practice of male and female circumcision is based on mindless adherence to outmoded folk customs and questionable religious and medical dogma. It is not enough simply to protest this barbaric maltreatment of children; it is necessary to exercise control to protect children. Only world-wide legislation outlawing circumcision (except in extreme cases of medical necessity) and providing fines and punishment for those who continue to mutilate children's sexual organs, whether in the name of religion or tradition , will provide the needed protection. I heartily support The Ashley Montagu Commemorative Resolution to End the Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide.
Lassu, Tamas—USA Male circumcisison is a harmful, barbaric practice that has been forced upon us for political reasons. Its effects include fear, paranoia, agression and insensivity, thus it is very important to fight this retarded practice.
Latham—USA I pray that we will see an end to routine male circumcision in the US in the next decade. Of course all other forms of genital mutilation need to end too.
Latimer, Adam—USA Circumcision or MGM is the downfall of the American society. I believe that men are unfulfilled and resort to violence against women, drug use and other devices. I don’t wont to live in a country that propounds sexual modulation against the defenseless children. I am seriously considering leaving the US on this basis alone.
Lauwers, Danny—Belgium 1% of what is spend on military issues would suffice to eradicate all such barbarian practices AND hunger AND most common diseases in third world countries.
Lavin, Melissa—USA I am looking to mobilize Connecticut residents to assist me in helping the state of CT to be the 13th state to drop Medicaid funding for the elective non-medical procedure of neonatal male circumcision. feel free to contact me if you are prepared to assist. Whoops! Maine beat us to the punch on 3 February, 2004! Let's try for 14th!
lawrence, peter—Australia patriachal abuse which has become entrenched in some cultures.
Lawrence, Susan—USA Genital mutilation is extremely painful, humiliating, risky, pointless and permanent. It is nearly always done on unwilling children and babies. It must be universally condemned, and it must be stopped forever in all countries.
Lazarus, Jonathan—USA Any circumcision should be considered illegal, hostile and criminal by all individuals involved. Many parents are not informed about repercussions of circumcision. They are simply told its a standard proceedure which is neccessary for the health of the child. This is a criminal, barbaric, illegal and unneccessary act carried out on a child who has no ability to defend himself against this mutilation. The foreskin is natural and neccessary to maintain health and create sexual pleasure. A well conspired medical profession generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year through this sadistic and un- Godly practice.
Leaf, Alice—USA I truly hope that the American tradition and social acceptance of circumcision of unconsenting male children will end. I hope that some day in the near future, our boys will be afforded the same respect and legal protection as minor females. Despite a rather solid cultural basis, children born into a circumcising religion shall also be afforded the right to their bodily integrity. Everyone deserves freedom of religion and not to have someone else's religion (i.e. their parent's) carved into their skin.
Lee, Bill—USA America will never truly be a civilized nation as long as we fail to provide our infant males with the same right to genital integrity and protection from genital mutilation that we have provided for infant females since 1996. MGM is an insidiously destructive human rights abuse, and our failure to protect our newborn babies from this abuse has already cost those individuals numbered among its victims, as well as our society in general. It's time to stop this barbaric and disgusting treatment of our boys, and make the nation's circumcisers criminally and civilly liable for their horrific actions.
Lee, Claudia—USA Circumcision is bodily harm. The only person to decide should be the child, not the parents.
Lee, Randolph—USA These acts should be considered even more depraved than the sexual molestation of children.
Lee, Randolph—USA In the Columbine movie Michael Moore raises an interesting question: Why is there so much murder in the US over other nations that have so many common characterisics? He raises and discards many possible answers and never comes to any conclusion. I believe the answer lies in the widespread genital mutilation carried out on defenseless male babies in the US. This is the only nation in the western world where such a barbaric practice continues. Signed, Another Victim
Legutko, Julia—USA I am so surprised that this is legal. Something has to be done to put an end to this. If it is wrong to shake a baby or dangle one from a building rooftop, how is it right to strip him from his right to a healthy penis??? Hipocricy is the greatest sin in this case. Unfortunately so few people are really educated on this matter or take it like "it's just skin" approach. Let's put a stop to that once in for all. End circumcision today!!!
Lemaitre, Roger—France Circumcision is a so huge crime that it should be considered as a murder attempt on defensless baby by parents that should be protecting them. No forgiving possible, ever.
lemay, GĂ©rald—Canada I was circumcised out of sheer ignorance and I think it is very sad. I feel I've been cut off of mormality the more I learn about what it is to be intact. I started restoring a year ago.
Lemay, Gloria—Canada I want my tombstone to read "She spoke up for babies."
Lengyel—USA Advocates of routine infant circumcision are genital terrorists.
Lewis, Benjamin—USA The right to the safe and secure possession of one's own body is the basic right that we must secure for each person. It is in this atmosphere of safety that we will be able to go on to achieve Spiritual Freedom for all. Recorded Pain and Unconciousness keeps Mankind in Chains. The U.N. has passed a Law against Torture. Genital Mutilation is Torture and must be stopped if we are to live in a Peaceful and Trusting World. Maybe the gradient to World Peace should be to Declare World Peace for the Infants and Children of the World. If we can not stop hurting the babies and children of the World, how, in God's name, will we quit hurting each other. A Peaceful and Trusting World is worth working toward. We certainly do not have one now. I appluade all those who are working to end genital mutilation and all other forms of Human Torture. Much Love, Ben Bridges Lewis.
Lewis, Joseph—USA Author of many atheist classics. Stated in his essay, "In The Name of Humanity" (1947): "It is almost impossible to believe that parents who love their children could stand by and see them so unmercifully tortured for a religious purpose."
Lewis, Karri—USA Genital mutilation is barbaric and children should not have to suffer needlessly. I believe that this practice should be stopped.
Lewis, Marian—USA Education is the most powerful tool to bring truth that circumcision is genital mutilation. All individuals' human rights begin with their bodies and no one has the authority to harm another. These rights need to be upheld even in the face of religious practice. Understandably, this takes evolution of consciousness and compassion on all sides.
Lewis, Van—USA Real men and women castrate circumcision.
lewis  (mrs george lewis II), clifton—USA Main interest and work, along with my late husband, George Lewis II, human rights, world federalism, and support of the United Nations. Active in civil rights movement. George Lewis was Chairman of the Florida Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. I believe in thinking locally and globally at the same time. World Peace through World Law. FSU Law School dropout! Norman Cousins a mentor a friend. I am very proud of our second son, Van (William Van Brunt Lewis), who has given years of intelligent, persistent, and in my opinion very effective work to obliterate circumcision/genital mutilation. He is also an organic farmer, clam aquaculturist, and early environmentalist of the highest order.
Lightfoot-Klein, Hanny—USA Author, Prisoners of Ritual (1989) Within recent years, the morality of female circumcision has come increasingly into question. ...With expanding educational opportunities for women, their voices have at this time become strong enough to be heard for the first time, and there are many that are questioning the necessity and advisability for continuation of the practice.
Lillie, David—USA We should not be inflicting trauma on our babies
Limerick, Joe—USA When i witnessed a circumcision, I was convincedd that it was not only wrong, but barbaric as well.
Lindquist, Bryan—USA I was circumsized as an infant. I do not harbour hard feelings towards my parents for this decision however, I wish they had chosen to leave my foreskin intact. I like millions of other circumsized males have had negative side effects do to my circumcision. This is a barbaric practice that needs to stop immediately. This is a physically altering practice that can have many physical and mental reprocussions later in life. The infants are having this procedure forced onto them. Circumcision should only take place in cases of emergency medical need or for consenting adults.
Lindsay, Heather—USA Genital mutilation of any minor, whether done to a male, female, or intersex child, whether in the context of a religious ceremony or not, is an inexcusable violation of human rights. Education and legislation are the keys to ending these atrocities.
Linsman, Justin—USA genital mutilation is child abuse
linsman, justin—USA i don't understand why genital mutilators aren't tortured and executed by children on a regular basis.
List, Dan—USA Common sense tells us circumcision is wrong. Supporters of circumcision are delusional or have other mental and/or emotional problems. Religion is no escuse. If your religion favors child abuse, get a new religion. The Constitution of the United States of America states that "religions which practice human sacrifice will be dealt with severely." Well, I'm waiting. How 'bout a class action lawsuit against the AMA and all religious organizations which foment this crippling act? Get'em in their deep pockets.
Little, Nicole—USA Male Genital Mutilation (circumcision) is the sexual assault, mutilation and torture of innocent little boys, with potential life long concequences. Female Genital Mutilation is a felony in the US (even so much as a nick to the clitoris, which is much less involved procedure than circumcision). It's time to protect our country's little boys, too.
Llamas, Jamie—USA After having my first 2 boys circumcised I would never do it again. That's why when my 3rd son came along I told myself and others who asked why I wasn't having it done that he was born with it and why put a perfectly healthy beautiful boy through something like this. God created them like this for a reason!!!!
lodewijks, kristof—Belgium I find that RIC should be forbiden immediately and circumcision should only be applied when there's no other option left. Every man should be able to decide whether he wants to be intact or not.
Loewen, James—Canada
Longfellow, James—USA Future generations will look back at this barbaric mutilation and wonder what kind of civilization allowed this atrocity to be carried out on their innocent children. We will be and should be judged harshly for it.
Lopez, Jesse—USA I completely support this action and I hope the bill passes, good luck!
Lotti, Robert—USA An individual has a right to keep what he or she was born with. Only the indivdual should have the right to modify their own body.
Loutfy-El-Sayed, Kareem—USA The bottom line is that is the unnecessary amputation of a healthy organ, which is a human rights violation.
Loutzenhiser, Velex—USA My name is Velex Eva Loutzenhiser, and I'd like to show my support for ending the horrible practice of and medical dishonesty surrounding routine male genital mutilation. Please do not lose focus of the tragedy of male genital mutilation, commonly known as routine circumcision, in favor of "horror stories" about female circumcisions. I've had to make myself infertile because the pain of erections, probably due to my circumcision, was unbearable. I would not have had to make this choice if I had a right to "my body, my choice." Please do not be distracted by feminists who say that genital mutilation is a female only issue.
Love, Phil—USA My circumcision resulted in crippling of my adult sexual performance and profoundly impacted my personal relationships and life plans. Some of these problems have been mitigated by my late-life foreskin restoration. I view routine infant circumcision as on a par with criminal torture and arrogant manipulation of a child's inherent right to bodily integrity.
Low, Ron—USA Only the adult informed owner has the right to consent to bodily alteration.
Low, Ron—USA The foreskin is valuable erogenous tissue, and causes no special health or hygeine problems. Only the informed adult owner can morally consent to its amputation.
Lowenfels, David—USA All humans deserve the right to an intact body, and to make their own informed decisions regarding modification of their genitalia. To do otherwise is mutilation and sexual abuse. Essentially rape with a scalpel!
lucretia, laurian—USA it is time to stop violence to our newborns- as soon as i wrote this statement the coyotes have been howling away- even nature is speaking to this truth!!!!
Ludden, Kirk—USA Circumcision is NOT NEEDED. One loses many things. Although restoration is possible {I have restored after 15 months with the TLC tugger}, one still can't get back the natural stuff that is lost. Circumcision should only be for MEDICAL EMERGENCY & not a "standard" in the industry.
Lukes, Keshia—USA torture.
Lund, Laura—USA There is no medical indication to circumcise. Therefore, circumcision is cosmetic surgery performed on unconsenting minors. It is cruel to subject infants to the horrible pain and lifelong consequences of having part of their genitals removed in order to satisfy their parents' or society's ideal of an attractive penis. No one should permanently alter someone else's body without that person's permission. If it's not your body, it's not your decision. If it's not your penis, it's not your right to decide whether or not you should cut off part of it. Bodily integrity is a right that should be extended to include all people, regardless of gender. We do not circumcise our female infants. We should not circumcise our male infants, either.
Lund, Rob—USA Circumcision is a barbaric practice that must be stopped immediately. In the United States, the following steps should be taken without delay to achieve this end. First, the public should be informed of the risks and lack of necessity of routine circumcision. The discussion of such subjects as sexual health, respect for the pleasures of sex and the common practice of genital mutilation is the ultimate taboo in American society, and this silence must be broken for us to become a healthy people. All places where circumcisions are performed or where people are counseled on the subject must be required to present a complete argument opposing the practice. As part of this argument, graphic pictures and videos of circumcisions and its immediate and continuing effects on the victims should be required. This constitutes the minimum requirements for informed consent, and public funding should be available for such an information campaign. Second, federal as well as state legislation must be passed to outlaw circumcision that has no medical justification; that legislation should impose severe penalties and leave the violator open to civil action. Third, doctors who have been performing this surgery need to expiate their crimes--they have sworn an oath to do no harm in their practice of medicine, and they have violated that oath as well as the minds and bodies of their victims. They should make a public apology for their behavior and contribute, with their labor and their wealth, to undoing some of the wrongs that they have caused. Fourth, public and private funding, some of which should come from the medical professionals and hospitals performing circumcisions, must be available to correct the psychological and physical damage done by unnecessary circumcisions. There are two groups of victims--the first, obviously, is composed of the individuals upon whom the surgery was performed. They have suffered lifelong trauma, diminished sexual function, psychological and physical impairments which can either be corrected or mitigated. They deserve a massive effort to do so. The second group is the parents who, through ignorance, misinformation and manipulation by authority figures have consented to the torture and mutilation of the infants they loved and cherished. Whatever their reasons and justification for doing so, it was an act of their volition that caused the pain, fear and lifelong mental and physical damage suffered by the children they were obligated to nurture and protect. This is a dreadful burden to bear, and when understanding of the consequences of their acts becomes common knowledge, they will need considerable outside help in dealing with the guilt and remorse that they will experience. Without these remedial efforts, the evil consequences of circumcision will continue to spread anger, bitterness, hatred, self-pity and Pandora's box of obstacles to achieving a healthy resolution to the problems caused by this uncivilized practice.
Lundberg, Jan—USA Regarding male circumcision: It seems likely that the cutting away of some of the mass of the penis is not what the enlarge-the-penis medical scam movement intends to address, but the people caring about their own penis size should be against circumcision. And, those caring about sensitivity would want a natural penis and not one with scar tissue which lessens sensitivity. I think we need to address Western Medicine and Western Civilization in general, to deal with insane practices such as mass circumcision. Circumcision happens because it pays, just as destruction of the Earth happens because it pays. Thanks for your valuable work. Jan Lundberg www.culturechange.org Arcata, California
Lunetta, Abigail—USA I see no rational reason why this continues to be practiced in the united states, where we pride ourselves on being defenders of human and individual rights. this is a barbaric practice that continues solely on the basis of social reasons, and it should no longer be tolerated.
Lunt, RoseAnna—USA There are people in the world that need to know that genital mutilation is not necessary...and usually not beneficial. As a women, our sisters must know that there are other options that will make our bodies not suffer. Women should not be 'sewn up' until the time of procreation, but trusted and cared for respectfully.
Lutley, Jeffrey—USA I have been psychologically damaged by my circumcision that I have thought about killing in the past. I do not think about killing anymore, but I experience deep pain and resentment among other things.
Lyon, Mary—United Kingdom A special kind of ignorance that allows and enables this barbaric act to continue, people seriously need educated on this issue but I wonder do they REALLY want to know? Until they DO want to know and DO want to do something about this then it will continue.

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