German Nationalist Party Wants To Ban Circumcision

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Germany’s surging anti-immigration party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) wants to restrict some religious practices for Muslims, including a ban on circumcision.

Newspaper Bild will release leaked information from AfD’s 72-page manifesto in its Saturday edition. The draft says circumcision on religious grounds is a “serious violation to fundamental rights” of young boys.

AfD also wants to outlaw minarets and the muezzin’s call to prayer, as it violates the “tolerant coexistence of religions” that Christian churches stand for.

The manifesto is scheduled to be presented at a party convention in April. AfD is expected to be the big winner when three German states hold regional elections Sunday. Party leader Joerg Meuthen proposed a 19-foot high fence to stop refugees from entering the country during a rally Thursday. (RELATED: Germany’s Nationalist Party Proposes Fence To Stop Immigration)

AfD has gone from almost insignificant a year ago to Germany’s third largest party — 11 percent of voters saying they would vote for AfD if there was an election today. One-third of Germans find AfD electable, according to the same poll. The success is likely a response to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-border policy in relation refugees.

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