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Key Muslim group in Germany slams circumcision ruling
A key German Muslim association on Wednesday sharply criticised a court ruling that said circumcising boys on religious grounds amounted to grievous bodily harm.
"The Cologne ruling is a serious attack on religious freedom," the Council of the Coordination of Muslims in Germany said in a statement on Tuesday's judgment.
"The ruling does not take everything into account, religious practice concerning circumcision of young Muslims and Jews has been carried out over the millenia on a global level," said Ali Kizilkaya, a spokesman of the council which counts some 4 million members.
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