It seems to me, that those who insist it is religiously necessary would be especially concerned to do it when the circumcision is for conversion. After all, circumcision is considered a necessary requirement of conversion (for males).
Some insist it is not done because it would not seem decent. If so, and if it can be waived, isn’t it time to recognize that child MBP is also regarded as indecent in contemporary society with heightened concerns about child sexual abuse.
However, I am told that there is another and more important reason it is not done. The average mohel (ritual circumciser) is apparently fearful of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV which can lead to AIDS.
To the extent this is true, it is a scandal. We have circumcisers who think it is acceptable to expose infants to the risk of herpes infections which can be fatal, but they are not willing to accept the risk of getting infected.
Sadly, I have come to believe that this is another example of gross insensitivity to the safety of children, another instance of favoring the well-being of adults over children.
There is a also discussion of this post on my FB page. In addition there are other Frum Follies posts on MBP including: