Government in your children’s pants

Government in your children’s pants

There been a lot in the news recently about a topic that usually isn’t discussed in polite company.

“Intactivists” in the City of San Francisco have collected enough signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot to ban circumcision.  The measure, if passed, would prohibit circumcision on males under the age of 18.   The practice would become a misdemeanor offense carrying a punishment of up to $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.  There is no exemption allowed for those who practice circumcision for religious reasons.

The Jewish community has already stepped forward and labeled the ballot measure as religious discrimination and a clear violation of constitutionally protected religious freedoms.  “For a city that’s renowned for being progressive and open-minded, to even have to consider such an intolerant proposition…it sets a dangerous precedent,” said Rabbi Gil Yosef Leeds of the City of Berkley.

Estimates are that approximately 80 percent of all men in the U.S. have been circumcised.  We at UFI have long been aware of the benefits of circumcision in the fight against the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.  Circumcision has also been found to be effective in reducing the incidence of penile cancer and urinary tract infections in the male as well as in their sexual partners.

But let’s return to the Rabbi’s comment about the “progressives” in the open-minded and tolerant city of San Francisco.  These very same people would never oppose adolescents tattooing their bodies from top to bottom, nor would they oppose adolescents putting huge extenders in their earlobes, nor inserting large amounts of silicon in strategic places.  My guess is that they have no problem with the freakish Lady Gage look of implants that distort faces and shoulders.  But circumcision – no way!

So called “progressives” are the first to state that government shouldn’t be able to tell them what to do with their bodies or how about this one:   “Keep the government out of my bedroom!”  Seems they need a taste of their own medicine.  For San Franciscans opposing this ban, here’s a slogan suggestion:  “Keep the government out of my children’s pants.”

  • Heidi
    Posted at 17:54h, 20 May

    I have to disagree, for once, with UFI. Not that I think the gov’t ought to be in ANYone’s pants, and of course I don’t support this measure in SanFran. However, your information on circumcision is fairly inaccurate, and all of the things you compared it to – other types of mutilation, if you will – all involve an individual deciding for themselves to change or alter their bodies. I’d challenge you to do some more research on circumcision; penile cancer, for instance, is exceedingly rare and certainly not a reason to circ. The study that referenced circ and HIV has many flaws. And worldwide, roughly 80% of men are NOT circumcised. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that circ is not medically indicated for better health. As a mama of two intact boys, I did my research and my (circ’d) husband and I found no compelling reasons, health or other, to remove a sensitive body part that does, in fact, have immune function. And btw… it’s inTactivist, not inactivist as it’s printed at present. 🙂

  • United Families International
    Posted at 21:36h, 21 May

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and information. There is a wide variety of opinion (and differences in the research too) regarding circumcision. There is, however, very clear research showing the importance of circumcision in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. We at UFI are not going to advocate for or against circumcision in the developed world, but we definitely have an opinion on whether or not the government should get involved. As you’ve stated, this is a matter for parents to do their homework and then make a decision for their child. It is also a religious freedom issue for those of the Jewish faith. Thanks, too, for bringing the typo to our attention – all fixed now.

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