AS this series of posts reaches the milestone of number one hundred, we present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Circumcision by an Intern, which appears in the Salem News, a newspaper that serves Salem, Oregon, far from the other Salem where they once hanged witches.
The topic of today’s letter is one we haven’t seen before in The Controversy about evolution. It’s a bit delicate, and some of you may be squeamish, so we’ll copy less than usual from today’s letter. We’ll also omit the writer’s name and city, add some bold for emphasis, and toss in some Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs.
Brace yourselves, gentlemen. Here we go:
For many years I wondered about this Biblical/archaic procedure. I was intact when …
We don’t care about the letter-writer’s bodily integrity. The only reason we’re presenting this letter is because of the evolution-creationism connection. Let’s read on:
I don’t know about M.D. internships. I am a doctor of osteopathy, D.O. I’m sure we do things differently. It must be working well because about 12 D.O. schools have sprung up in the last 20 years.
We included that for context, to help you judge the letter-writer’s statements. We understand that osteopathy is controversial; but it may even be controversial as to whether the discipline is controversial. We don’t know about any of that, and we don’t care, but we found this interesting: eight major principles of osteopathy.
With that out of the way, we continue:
Anyhow, we D.O.’s go through rotations of all general practice subjects including OB-GYN and pediatrics where we better pay attention with newborn boys.
I remember my fearless leader/doctor performing a couple of these procedures one particular day. I was told by the maternity nurse that the doctor/teacher said I should do a circumcision on his newest boy child patient.
That strikes us as an unusual way for an intern to get his instructions, but we won’t get into that either. And we’ll skip over the letter-writer’s description of the procedure he performed on that patient.
We’re avoiding a lot here, aren’t we? Never mind all that — let’s jump right to what it was that drew our attention to this letter:
For the future I was always too busy. Yes I can do a circ but I don’t want some 20-year old guy looking for me with fire in his eye.
I’m inclined to go along with the advocates of Intelligent Design. Every animal I know about has a foreskin or equivalent.
DOWN WITH CIRCUMCISION!
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
We were going to include the name of the learned osteopath who authored today’s letter, but there’s really no need for that. You’re going to click over to the Salem News anyway.
[Okay, gentlemen, you can relax again.] So, class, what did we learn today? It seems that we’ve learned about a new characteristic of creationists. If some reliable polling organization wants to conduct the survey, we’ll post the results.
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