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Circumcision is a surgical practice which spans over 4 thousand years of history –continuing today. It has been done by various cultures, faiths & ethnic groups throughout time. Today, it remains as a tradition, religious rite and largely, a medical preventative. Jews celebrate it as the “bris.” Muslims do it as a keeping of Abraham's covenant. Many Christians have it done as a connection to God's chosen. And millions of others do it for its medical reasons. The majority of American male babies are circumcised (55-65% according to Kidshealth.org which does not include Jewish babies where their circumcision occurs outside of hospitals).
The practice has been ridiculed in the past as “barbaric” and an act of infantile-torture or mutilation. The baby's parents can always say no, but it doesn't stop there. People, which were circumcised, have sued the doctors which performed the procedure decades ago. And despite the parents having given permission, some have won their suits for millions of dollars.
However, the movement against circumcision has reached a new level of absurdity. The November ballot in San Francisco is going to be hosting a “Circumcision Ban” for the city. This is thanks to “Intactivists” which rallied enough support for it to be allowed last May. And, knowing San Francisco's liberal agendas, it will pass.
This is a major leap towards political tyranny and religious intolerance by the liberals who are against Israel's God & all subsequent faiths.
I find it disturbingly comical that the people that are all for Pro-choice, a mother's right to do whatever with her unborn child, are the same people against a mother's choice to have her new-born circumcised. Hummm... Funny. Likewise, they are the same people demanding rights to protest & demonstrate while now trying to strip away a faithful father's rights. Strange.
And how will this be enforced? Banning doctors from performing the procedure is one thing, but what about Rabbis' performing the bris in someone's home? Are police going to do raids on these ceremonies? Fine a Rabbi for doing a time honored tradition?
My husband is Jewish, and circumcised. If a Jewish male is not circumcised, he is considered to be outside of the covenant and, thus, in constant violation of Jewish law (the Torah). If successful, the ban would prevent the expanse of Judaism in San Francisco. If it were a world-wide ordinance, Judaism would be lost. To propose such a ban is to spit right into the eye of Judaism –and to slap Christians & Muslims.
This type of intolerance against Judaism has occurred in the past. Both the Romans & Greeks had banned circumcision as an effort to destroy the highly independent faith of Judaism. They Jews rebelled against such and had the rite of bris done in secrecy. The Greeks went as far as to check men's privates to see if they had been circumcised –will we see a repeat?
Taking the bris from Judaism would be like... like... it is incomparable! The ban is like telling Jews in San Francisco that they can't have children there. Jews would have to drive out of the city for the bris, or, like the Jewish Maccabees of old, do the practice in secret –break an oppressive law.
The people of the ban say Marijuana bans are tyrannical while they themselves do this...
What would be next on the banning list? Would infant baptism be banned, saying that it is some sort of water-torture? Will Jewish & Muslim fasting be banned as a form of self-mutilation? Where does it end? This ban is the largest attack against the religious by the left that I have ever seen. If I have a son, I will get him circumcised and I promise & swear that I would willingly break any law against it!
This ban is obviously one against religion and not against the act itself. As said circumcision has its medical pros –and is the reason for most modern circumcisions. Removal of the foreskin aids in preventing infant & childhood (and adult) bladder infections –don't babies & children have enough ailments to worry about? The removal has been found by medical studies to lower the chance of contracting STD's such as HIV & AIDS.
(Not to mention that a circumcised penis causes a woman more sexual pleasure than one uncircumcised.)
A ban on infant (and childhood) inoculations would be seen as a horrific attack of infanticide, yet this ban is okay.
Those for the ban say that it hurts the babies and is so a form of torture. Yes it hurts! But first, are we now following Aristotle in saying that anything painful is bad? I think I & you would rather agree with Plato's nephew. His response was: Is the pain of surgery a bad thing? Is the pain for the greater-good of better health a bad thing? No. The needles of inoculations are painful. Should we ban those and watch an epidemic of measles, mumps & lock-jaw? Should we ban the corrective surgery of children with hair-lips because they have pain as it heals post-surgery?
If this ban passes (as it probably will), it will be a first step for yet another attempt to exterminate the Jewish faith.
I wish I lived in San Francisco just to be another vote against it. And how do you think my Jewish husband feels about it? When I made him aware of these developments back in May, he was livid. His face turned red with rage. He experienced a lot of antisemitism as a child and immediately saw the ban as such. He was almost too angry to even talk about it. Half of his family died by the hands of the Nazis.
I pray that everyone in San Francisco with logic, tolerance & a conscience vote against this ban and educate his / her friends, family & neighbors to do the same. San Francisco has allowed the call for the exile of a people, the ridding of a faith. I wonder how those for the ban would feel if the banning of Intactivists were on the ballot. Would they not scream that it is intolerance & tyranny?
If you know someone in San Francisco, call them and tell them to read this. Please.