The Prophet RAEL just declared his support for a group of African community leaders, the Luo Council of Elders, who opposed to a governmental campaign promoting the practice of male circumcision in Kenya. Kenyan government policy started a “free circumcision” campaign based on studies that suggest that circumcision protects men from contracting HIV and keeps them from infecting women.
Wisely, the Luo Council of Elders – an advisory body with strong influence in the community – says it won’t sanction a governmental campaign promoting male circumcision, a practice they say goes against their culture. Moreover, the elders say they aren’t even convinced that the procedure actually lowers risk of infection, and that they are concerned many men might opt for circumcision and stop using condoms, thus putting themselves at even higher risk. Many experts agree with them, citing different reasons for the high infection rate.
In an official statement released yesterday, Rael said: “Circumcision for men – like clitoral excision in females – constitutes sexual mutilation and should be forbidden.”