Circumcision in the United States is an example of a medical intervention that has been imposed on the American public without adequate discussion. One could argue that it is strictly for monetary gain since it is the most unnecessary surgery regularly performed. Let me give a little background on why this procedure became the norm.
Circumcision has been a Jewish and Muslim ceremonial rite of passage for millennia. Abraham in the Old Testament was commanded by God to enter into a covenant (the Abrahamic Covenant) and as a sign or token of the covenant he was to circumcise all male infants when eight days old (Gen 17:12). In the figure, red represents countries where more than 80% are circumcised; orange represents countries where 20-80% are circumcised; yellow represents countries where less than 20% are circumcised.