San Fran proposed ban on circumcision ‘a terrible thing’ for Jewish community

First the San Franciscans tried to outlaw Happy Meal toys, and now a San Francisco man is out to ban circumcision.

The ballot measure, which is being considered for November 2011, was proposed by Lloyd Schofield, who describes circumcision as “genital mutilation.”

“It’s a man’s body and … his body doesn’t belong to his culture, his government, his religion or even his parents. It’s his decision,” Schofield told California’s KCBS-TV.

Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel of the Georgetown Synagogue told The Daily Caller that the proposed measure on male circumcision is “a terrible thing.”

“This country is based on the ability of different religious groups to practice religion,” Rabbi Freundel said in a phone interview with TheDC. “I suspect Muslims will feel the same way [about the proposed ban]. I hope people will realize that a fundamental value in this country is respecting religious values and ways of life.”

Rabbi Freundel added that circumcision is mentioned in the Bible and is one of the founding aspects of Judaism.

Circumcision has been a major part of Judaism culture for thousands of years. Jewish circumcisions are performed on 8-day-old male babies to secure cleanliness and protect against diseases and ailments, among other religious purposes.

Schofield’s ban would “make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.” Violating this measure would result in a fine of up to $1,000 or up to a year in jail.

  • Frank OHara

    I guess the 1996 ban on female genital mutilation was also a “terrible thing.” FGM is mostly a Muslim practice. Apparently the Muslims are surviving quite well without it, why can’t Jews survive without male genital mutilation?

    That is in fact what it is cloaked in the guise of religion.

    I give this measure a thumbs up! I hope it passes.

    In my state in just the past year, there have been more than $13 million in court judgments/awards for botched infant circumcisions. These awards represent men that will probably never be able to father children in the normal way. I represent that that is worth far more than $13 million.


  • Walter J Linsley

    Llyod sounds like liberal atheist from other articles I’ve read about this. I’m guessing he’s all for abortion and if he is you have to be stupefied by the hypocrisy: genital mutilation bad must be stopped, fetal homicide good must be allowed.

  • BillyShaft

    This effort will be abandoned when they hear from CAIR that it is a common Muz practice to circumcise.
    Only the religion of head-removal gets respect from the progressives.

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  • didacticrogue

    Yet another “progressive” enclave proving itself to be a bastion of intolerance. Is anyone really surprised? Statists will be statists, after all.