snoman wrote:I'm watching with interest and hoping if it passes it doesn't set a precedent. The Scandinavian lands in particular seem to be extremely progressive about personal rights, which ordinarily I'd agree with, but I still think circumcision is a parent's choice to make, and removing that choice is something I don't really want to see.
It may be passed off as progressive, but what is really behind it is the Scandinavian (and Germanic) obsession with universality, which leads to abhorrence of exception. This is a direct clash of values between Scandinavian societal understanding and Jewish societal understanding, insofar as the Jews must necessarily consider themselves exceptional - it is their very definition: The chosen ones, remember?
So, integrating that with the context of Icelandic "we want to make sure nobody gets marginalized" should be another flinchworthy exercise to watch, just as it was in Germany in 2012, where it ended up leading to nothing in the end. And that is what I foresee here, too. Because it would be un-Scandinavian to steamroll an established group into submission against their values.
But perhaps I am speaking as a Swede here.
Let's see how Iceland will fare - I would be very disappointed in them if they brush off the issue with something as flat as "it does not fit in here."