Circumcision: Another Theory


You may remember a couple weeks ago when we dissected the reasons why Michigan has such high rates of non-religious circumcision. A group has been protesting routine male infant circumcision, so we thought it was a good time to bring the subject up. While no definite conclusions were drawn, it seems like one popular theory is that the Midwest doesn't usually set trends culturally. In fact, we're usually lagging a little behind. 

A reader sent us another theory via email yesterday afternoon and we thought it was interesting enough to share: 

"[A medical doctor] believes that it is done so all boys will look the same and they cannot be singled out for genocidal purposes. For example, during WWI in Turkey, all Christian men (Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians) were identified by dropping their pants and then killing them during the Armenian Genocide, since Christians in the Middle East do not circumcise their boys. In Germany, during WWII, Jewish males were identified by a similar process, since only Jews were circumcised and German Christian males were not."

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.