I’ve been keeping an eye on this initiative, and now we have word of progress. San Francisco got enough signatures on the petition to get the circumcision issue on the ballot. Yes. (Pumps fist in air and does happy dance.) No matter how much those cock clipping Mohels scream about it, it’s going to a vote. No matter what the vote result turns out to be, the profile of this issue is being raised again.
Far from being totally accepted practice, as it was when done to me, infant male circumcision is starting to be recognized for what it is – a crime, a violation of human rights, an archaic holdover from a primitive past, anti-sexual, medically foolish, and an abomination in any enlightened society. We may not win this time, with this vote, but winning is inevitable. It’s just so obviously wrong to cut off a functional part of an infant’s body for no good reason.
Getting on the ballot in San Francisco is a major achievement. My congratulations to Lloyd Schofield and all the other intactivists who worked so hard to make this happen. I’m sure it wasn’t easy.
The Mohels are promising to tie the result up in court with appeals if they lose. No surprise there. But the more they fight and protest, the worse they are going to look, and the more obvious it’s going to be that they are venal money grabbing anachronisms. That’s not an anti-Semitic statement, folks. I have many Jewish friends, and I love them all. But any culture can have it’s bad points. A professional class of cock clippers is not the definition of Jewish culture, no matter how much the Mohels and Rabbis claim it is.
What amaze me the most is the argument that preventing somebody from damaging an infant’s body is against religious freedom. How twisted can you get? Your religious freedom stops at another person’s body, folks. That should be pretty obvious. You don’t own an infant. An infant is a person, and a person has rights.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we win this one. I’m looking forward to the appeals.