Oh dear oh dear. The Jewish community is up in arms in San Francisco because cutting the ends off their baby boys’ penises is “one of the most fundamental practices to our tradition of over 3,000 years. It’s symbolic of our covenant with God.”, and now somebody wants to make this against the law. “But… But… We’ve always done this. What so bad about cutting off a sensitive, unique and irreplaceable part of an infant’s penis?”
Let me hear this correctly. It’s VERY important to you? This is something God told you to do? I think you lost me there.
Dear Jewish community:
I realize you’ve been doing this for centuries. That doesn’t make it right, or a good idea. I mean, it had to start at some time in history. There must have been a first Bris. If the practice had a beginning, it can certainly have an end.
How about you hold off on the Bris until the age of consent? Wouldn’t that be okay? I mean, you can still show your piety and prove you love your God, but you have to do it YOURSELF, as a free adult. You have to make it personal. Nobody else, not even your parents, is allowed to do it for you if it involves cutting off a part of your body which you might, at some time in the future, decide that you really really miss.
Yours very sincerely
Reading the comments under the article I linked to makes me furious. So many argue that it is trivial and not worth attention. Trivial? Cutting off part of a baby’s penis is trivial? Those who buy that circumcision is a health issue just don’t see know the history of this evil and foul practice. But then there are the comments that give me hope. So many people understand and support the initiative. One comment in particular grabbed me: “We don’t remove an infant’s tonsils just in case they get tonsillitis.”
The health issue is such a red herring. It ISN”T a health issue until puberty. At that time, see if you can talk your son into allowing it to be done. If he goes for it, great. It was his decision. But anybody who thinks they have the RIGHT to cut off a part of another person’s body, even their own infant’s body, for no good medical reason, just doesn’t understand the concept of individual rights.
The biggest laugh in the comments was from the wanker who said that banning circumcision would be a Nazi law. Excuse me? A law that PRESERVES an individual’s right to choose for themselves, a law that allows a person the RIGHT to an intact body and PROTECTS an infant from genital mutilation is NAZI? Get your head out of your ass. This is the opposite of fascism. This would be a blow for freedom and individual rights.
No, you do not have the right to cut off part of an infant’s penis. That’s just wrong. What the fuck is the matter with you people?
I don’t live in San Francisco, and so can’t vote on this question. But as soon as I can figure out how to send Lloyd Schofield, the intactivist behind this initiative, some money I’m making a donation to the campaign. Unfortunately his website is nothing short of badly designed and disfunctional. If anybody knows how to donate to this cause, please share the information. Civilization has to start someplace.