Melvin Konner


Don’t Tread on a Sacred Tradition

By Melvin Konner

Don’t Tread on a Sacred Tradition
A group in San Francisco has collected enough signatures to force a vote on a law that would make it illegal to “circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.” This ban, if it passes, might infringe on the First Amendment guarantee to freedom of religion. Constitutional or not, it is without a doubt a slap in the face to Muslims and Jews, an attack on their rights to privacy that would keep them from continuing a millennial tradition of their ancestors, not to mention keeping them from raising their children according to their own conscience and values.Read More


Lévi-Strauss: He Changed How We See Culture, but Ignored His Own

By Melvin Konner

Lévi-Strauss: He Changed How We See Culture, but Ignored His Own
For Lévi-Strauss, as for other Jewish anthropologists, there was another dimension to being a cultural outsider: It drew them to a sympathetic view of simpler cultures, which most of their contemporaries viewed with disdain.Read More






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