On Shabbos, the Progressive Party in Norway, the smaller of two parties within the ruling government coalition (with 29 of 169 parliament seats), announced that it intends to initiate a law banning circumcision in the country for males under the age of 16.
The Jerusalem Post reported that supporters of “the Norwegian bill, which was discussed during the party’s national gathering over the weekend, claim that circumcision constitutes mental and physical harm to children and constitutes a serious violation of children’s rights.” While it is true that after my Bris I couldn’t walk for a year, most babies don’t start walking till they are about a year old, so in all probability, the real rationale behind this proposal is that Norway is considered by many as the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel nation in Europe.
Historically movements to ban circumcision are centered in attempts to move the Jewish commitment from God and refocus it on man. In fact, almost every campaign to destroy the Jewish people started with a ban on circumcision, followed by a ban on kosher slaughter and finally a ban on teaching Torah (Norway reversed the order, they.began with Kosher slaughter).
The second paragraph of the original 1814 constitution of Norway read:
“2. The evangelical-Lutheran religion remains the State’s public religion. Those inhabitants who profess to it, are obliged to raise their children in the same. Jesuits and monastic orders may not be tolerated. Jews remain excluded from admission to the kingdom.”
That paragraph was repealed in 1851, but that didn’t mean the country’s attitude changed.
Schechita (Kosher slaughter of animals) have been banned in Norway since 1930. Technically the ban is against any method of slaughter that does not involve stunning the animal first.
According to the former Chief Rabbi of Norway Michael Melchior,” I won’t say this is the only motivation, but it’s certainly no coincidence that one of the first things Nazi Germany forbade was kosher slaughter. I also know,” that during the original debate on this issue in Norway, one of the parliamentarians said straight out, ‘If they don’t like it, let them go live somewhere else.’”
Interestingly while Norway has banned schechita which is humane, ignoring international agreements the government allows whaling, which involves the harpooning/slow death of whales.
It’s come to the point that in Norway “Jew” is used as a slur name…