Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
Its widespread practise in the US is clearly a function of the hawkish Israel Lobby. Flame away!
I assume this is a joke! At my prep school, where, of course, we showered communally, I think there was only one boy who was uncircumcised that I was aware of. (Of the 120-odd boys who attended the school during the three years I was there, only two were Jewish BTW.) All of us were born years before the foundation of Israel. My mother told me she had it done on the advice the physician who told her it would be easier to keep myself clean. This was in Australia in 1942. The fact that I was circumcised has never bothered me in the slightest.
I think it is somewhat less common today, there having been a reaction against the practice that started back in the hippie era. Among my contemporaries, it was pretty much universal.