HISTORY OF HUMANIST VOICES AGAINST THE GENITAL MUTILATION OF CHILDREN

http://www.nocirc.org/symposia/fourth/hac1.pdf

The following names are only a partial list of Humanists, Scientists and Citizens that are opposed to the genital mutilation of children worldwide.

  • Felix Adler, Ph.D.  Founder of the Ethical Culture Society, New York (1876)
  • Roy Brown, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union (2003-2006)
  • Francis H.C. Crick, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine (1962)
  • Edd Doerr, President, American Humanist Association (1995-2002)
  • John Hardebeck, M.D. President, First San Diego Chapter of the AHA (1954)
  • Lester A. Kirdendall, Ph.D. Author and Humanist of the Year (1983)
  • Gerald A. Larue, Ph.D. Biblical Scholar and Humanist of the Year (1989)
  • Joseph Lewis, Biblical Scholar, Author "In the Name of Humanity" (1947)
  • Ashley Montagu, Ph.D.,  Author and Humanist of the Year (1995)
  • James W. Prescott, Ph.D. Author and Director, Institute of Humanistic Science
  • Jonas Salk, M.D. Founder, The Salk Institute and Humanist of the Year (1976)
  • Benjamin Spock, M.D., Author and Humanist of the Year (1968)
  • Thomas Szaaz, M.D., Author and Humanist of the Year (1973)
  • George Wald, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine (1967)
  • Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate (1976)

The Montagu Resolution was named in honor of Ashley Montagu for his lifetime contributions to humanity by the Institute of Humanistic Science and upon his occasion of receiving the 1995 Humanist of the Year Award—jwp.

Despite this partial list of distinguished endorsers of The Montagu Resolution, The American Humanist Association, The American Ethical Union, the Council For Secular Humanism, and the International Humanist and Ethical Union have consistently refused to endorse The Montagu Resolution to End the Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide: A Petition to the World Court, The Hague that was submitted to them by its author. http://www.nocirc.org/symposia/fourth/prescott.html

However, important progress was made in 2006 when the International Humanist and Ethical Union adopted at its April 21st General Assembly in New York City a “Resolution on Male Circumcision,” which “Urges IHEW member organizations to oppose the practice of male circumcision for non-medical reasons.” Click HERE for full statement.

The failure of the above national and international ethical and humanist organizations to endorse the Montagu Resolution reflects the profound ethical and moral failure of modern organizational humanism. An “agonizing reappraisal” of what modern humanism represents today is in order. The refusal of the American Humanist Association to endorse the Montagu Resolution at the same time it awarded Ashley Montagu the 1995 Humanist of the Year Award and published his article “Mutilated Humanity” in The Humanist (July/August 1995) is inexplicable, unconscionable and an act of betrayal of Ashley Montagu and of Mutilated Humanity—jwp.

The Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1995 (18 USC Sec. 116 : P. L. 104-208, div.  C, title VI, Sec. 645(b)(1), Sept.30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009-709; S-1030) declares that it is a criminal act to mutilate (circumcise) female genitals. Under the equal protection clause of the XIV Amendment, Section 1, males are entitled to the same protection against male genital mutilation (circumcision)—“nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”—jwp.



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