A recent bill in Iceland that aims to ban non-medically required circumcision, for both male and females, has once again ignited the debate on the limits of religious freedoms and universal human rights, and on how to strike a balance when the two collide.
A degree of support for such a ban does exist here in Canada. But it's unlikely such a law will ever be passed here, given Canada's history of so generously accommodating the traditions of different cultures.
Religious minorities are concerned about such bills. Whenever something like this happens, they are the first to assert their rights. It has even happened for practices as heinous and medically dangerous as female genital mutilation.
Circumcision of male infants is now also in question under the new bill in Iceland.