MONTREAL, Oct. 14, 2013 – Rael, Spiritual Leader of the International Raelian Movement (IRM), expressed last week his support for a Council of Europe resolution that refers to male circumcision as “a violation of the physical integrity of children” and also called upon nations to reach “a consensus on the rights of children to protect them against violations of their physical integrity according to human rights standards”. In his statement, Rael also commented on the oral suction practiced by ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

“Circumcision is a genital mutilation and which does not call for any debate”, declared Marc Rivard, Raelian Bishop. “And what’s even worse is that it’s performed on babies, who can’t refuse it. Furthermore, it has been proven that circumcision damages the future sexual lives of the babies”, he added.

He also pointed out that the practice causes additional subsequent harm as the circumcised infants grow up.

“Modern scientific research indicates that early childhood trauma, especially during the first two years of life when the brain is still rapidly developing, produces permanent adverse physical changes in brain development”, Rivard explained. “The trauma may cause permanent damage to the structure and function of developing neural pathways, and we should remember that genital trauma is no different from trauma to other parts of the body in terms of its potential to cause such brain damage”.

Furthermore, every Medical Council in each province must forbid circumcision and for any reason because this is nothing else than genital mutilation. In case of a medical condition, if all the other less aggressive treatments has failed, then circumcision could be done.

The Canadian Raelian Movement asks the Canadian Government and all Medical Councils to ban this primitive practice.