Jeff Jacoby: A ban on circumcision?


On the ballot in San Francisco this fall will be a proposal making it a crime to circumcise male children. If the measure passes, anyone convicted of circumcising a baby boy could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to a year in prison.

via Jeff Jacoby: A ban on circumcision?.
(SAN FRANCISCO) – I’m really curious as to the motive behind this intrusion into private lives. The article discusses both the fact that circumcision is an essentially benign practice with documented and accepted health benefits and the fact circumcision is deeply ingrained in the Jewish religion. The sophistry in use as evidenced by the term Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) is insulting – this practice has nothing in common with the act of violence involved in so-called female circumcision.

Again, I’m curious as to the motivation.Ψ

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7 responses to “Jeff Jacoby: A ban on circumcision?

  1. Can you just imagine the trauma that young men will face when their only choice will be back-alley circumcision? The unclean surgical instruments better than a dual butter knife at home I guess and having to pay a bull dyke who hates men who loves nothing more than mutilation of the male penis to do the job, and last but not least the shame of knowing that this open minded community forced men into back-alleys. So it would appear that the Members of the San Francisco city government believe that they have the right and the duty to regulate the Members of others.

  2. Wow! That’s really weird.

  3. Yep, I read this in the paper a couple months ago. It’s ludicrous. Only in San Francisco.

  4. I’m one who is glad not to have circumcised my own children (both boys, heh), and even I think this is crazy. I agree that there are religious and cultural factors that everyone needs to take into consideration for him or herself before making a decision. I’m not OK with making circumcision illegal.

  5. Pingback: Female Genital Mutilation ; Warning: Very Graphic (FGM) « Sam Hindu's Blog

  6. . . There is a movement of Jews who are questioning circumcision, and working to end this abuse of children. The movement ranges from the Orthodox to the secular, and includes mothers, fathers, scholars, historians, medical professionals, activists, and intellectuals.

    Jewish Groups for Genital Integrity

    * Jews Against Circumcision http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/

    * Brit Shalom Celebrants by Mark D. Reiss, M.D. http://www.circumstitions.com/Jewish-shalom.html

    * Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ron Goldman, Ph.D. http://www.jewishcircumcision.org

    * The Current Judaic Movement to End Circumcision: Part 1
    http://intactnews.org/node/105/1311886372/jewish-voices-current-judaic-movement-end-circumcision-part-1

    The Kindest Un-Cut Feminism, Judaism, and My Son’s Foreskin by Professor Michael S. Kimmel
    http://www.cirp.org/pages/cultural/kimmel1/

    Jewish Intactivist Miriam Pollack has some great commentary on Foreskin Man in this recent interview.
    http://www.beyondthebris.com/2011/07/defying-convention-interview-with_27.html

    Jews Speak Out in Favor of Banning Circumcision on Minors
    http://intactnews.org/node/103/1311885181/jews-speak-out-favor-banning-circumcision-minors . . . .

  7. … . . . . . . . There is a movement of Jews who are questioning circumcision, and working to end this abuse of children. The movement ranges from the Orthodox to the secular, and includes mothers, fathers, scholars, historians, medical professionals, activists, and intellectuals.

    * Jews Against Circumcision http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/
    * The Current Judaic Movement to End Circumcision: Part 1
    http://intactnews.org/node/105/1311886372/jewish-voices-current-judaic-movement-end-circumcision-part-1

    The Kindest Un-Cut Feminism, Judaism, and My Son’s Foreskin by Professor Michael S. Kimmel
    http://www.cirp.org/pages/cultural/kimmel1/

    Jewish Intactivist Miriam Pollack has some great commentary on Foreskin Man in this recent interview.
    http://www.beyondthebris.com/2011/07/defying-convention-interview-with_27.html

    Jews Speak Out in Favor of Banning Circumcision on Minors
    http://intactnews.org/node/103/1311885181/jews-speak-out-favor-banning-circumcision-minors . . . . . .

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